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Air Force Improvement
THE JINDALEE Operational Radar
Network (JORN) is on track to provide
projected cost reductions of more than
$100 million over the next decade under
the Strategic Reform Program (SRP),
thanks to a new focus on reform between
Air Force, the Defence Materiel Organi-
sation (DMO), Lockheed Martin Aus-
tralia and BAE Systems.
The projected amount represents a
reduction of about 16 per cent per year
and an extraordinary 80 per cent of the
SRP efficiency reform targets for JORN.
The ongoing results are the outcome
of changes to the support contracts
between Defence, Lockheed Martin
Australia and BAE Systems, which were
signed earlier this year and are intended
to deliver more efficient support ser-
The companies are responsible for
the majority of the radar-site operation,
maintenance, engineering and logistics
The contracts are managed by
the DMO's Over The Horizon Radar
Systems Program Office (OTHRSPO),
based in Adelaide.
The contract changes were the
culmination of 12 months of inten-
sive teamwork and development by
Air Force, DMO, BAE Systems and
Lockheed Martin Australia personnel.
They have not only resulted in cost
reductions, but also include a number
of improvements designed to encourage
further efficiencies in the future, while
ensuring that capability outcomes are
FROM November 1 meal
choices will be standardised
across the ADF, as Defence
Support Group aligns
Garrison Support Services
contracts with the Defence
Catering Manual (DCM).
The DCM sets out the
new planning requirements
for ADF meals and includes,
for example, that larger
messes with 50 or more din-
ers offer four main courses.
Messes with fewer than 50
diners must offer at least
three main courses. In addi-
tion, the cold buffet/sandwich
bar will continue to be avail-
able.Dessert will no longer be
provided at lunch times, but
fruit will be available.
Meal choices will continue
to meet the quality, portion
size, religious and nutritional
requirements set out in the
DCM. Diners will still have
a variety of food options,
provided through a more
sustainable delivery model.
CAF and the other Service
Chiefs support this reform,
which will eliminate waste by
streamlining hospitality and
catering services in a cost-
conscious manner and rea-
lign service delivery to meet
More information will be
available in a Defgram to be
They also include an extension to the
original contract support periods.
Additionally, the contracts include
options for further extensions should
capability outcomes and improved pro-
ductivity continue to be achieved.
The CO of the OTHRSPO sus-
tainment management unit, WGCDR
Martin Nussio, said that after the first
four months of the new contract arrange-
ments, the results were excellent.
"JORN availability and other key
performance indicators have been met
and there has been a reduction in cost to
Defence over that period of about $2.6
million," WGCDR Nussio said.
"The improved reporting arrange-
ments are working very well and allow
Defence and industry to work very
effectively together in managing a high-
CO 1 Radar Surveillance Unit
WGCDR Peter Davies described the
results as an excellent outcome for the
JORN's big savings
VIGILANT: JORN provides long-range surveillance of Australia's northern sea and air approaches up to 3000km from its three radar sites.
BAE Systems contract manager
Murray Robinson said: "By working
closely alongside OTHRSPO, we have
been able to achieve an agreement that
includes the necessary cost reductions
framework, and one that incorporates as
culture of continuous improvement."
Lockheed Martin Australia program
director Rodney Hislop said that from
the start, the company embraced the
reform objectives underpinning the SRP
as an opportunity to expand its working
relationship with the Commonwealth.
"The skills of the Lockheed Martin
Australia team were brought to bear in
a true partnership with Defence through
progression of an end-to-end review of
the JORN system, which laid the funda-
mental groundwork for the application
of innovation and cost-consciousness
across many parts of the radar mainte-
nance and support operation," Mr Hislop
"The flexibility exhibited by all part-
ners in identifying viable opportunities
for real-cost savings successfully opened
up a broad spectrum of initiatives for
discussion, resulting in significant sav-
ings being achieved without any impact
on the operating capability of the radar
JORN provides long-range surveil-
lance of Australia's northern sea and
air approaches up to 3000km from the
three radar sites near Laverton, Western
Australia, Alice Springs, Northern
Territory and Longreach, Queensland.
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