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THE review into the treatment
of women in the ADF is already
having an effect on diversity in
Defence, ensuring the ADF remains
an employer of choice.
The Director of the ADF
Review into the Treatment of
Women Project, GPCAPT Dee
Gibbon, said practical guidelines
had been developed to assist lead-
ers and managers at all levels in
response to personnel asking what
they could do to improve diversi-
ty and flexibility in the Defence
Building on the momentum
established by the Broderick Phase
Tw o Report into the Treatment of
Women in the ADF, the CDF and
service chiefs unanimously agreed
to implement all 21 recommenda-
GPCAPT Gibbon said the
recommendations were not about
providing advantage to one group
"Defence, like most organisa-
tions, understands that diversity is
critical to its future success," she
said. "Most of the review recom-
mendations are not specifically
directed towards women, but have
been designed to develop a progres-
sive, flexible and inclusive organi-
sational culture that will appeal to
both men and women through dif-
ferent life and career changes."
Women represent 14 per cent of
personnel in the ADF and this num-
ber has increased by only 2 per cent
during the past 20 years, something
that GPCAPT Gibbon admits is too
slow and out of step with other rel-
"That is why external organisa-
tions such as law firms and banks,
to name a few, are improving their
workplace flexibility, encourag-
ing higher numbers of women into
leadership positions and putting
measures in place to increase their
workplace diversity," she said.
"One of the greatest criti-
cisms of the review stems from the
perception that there will be quotas
or targets for women's promotion at
all rank levels across the ADF. This
is completely incorrect.
"The Broderick Review focus-
es on ensuring everyone has the
opportunity to be competitive for
promotion by ensuring fair and
proportionate access to promotion
courses, command experiences and
training that will enable all ADF
personnel to compete in fair com-
petition on their own merits.
"These changes will result in a
fairer system for all, resulting in a
workplace that is modern, equita-
ble and in step with other organ-
isations, including other defence
departments around the world."
For an overview of the recommenda-
tions visit: https://defencereview.human-
rights.gov.au/ or for further information
on the Broderick Review reforms within
Defence, contact GPCAPT Gibbon at dee.
firstname.lastname@example.org or WGCDR Llani
Kennealy at llani.kennealy2@defence.
A FULL-SCALE model of the F-35A
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has "landed"
at the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) to be used to study
the effects of electromagnetic compat-
ibility and interference on the aircraft.
Called Iron Bird, the Australian-built
model will be tested under simulated
electromagnetic conditions during the
acquisition and through-life sustainment
of the JSF.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon unveiled the
model on April 17 during a visit to the
DSTO laboratory in Adelaide.
"This study is a significant part
of ensuring the protection of the JSF
against electromagnetic environmen-
tal effects such as lightning and static
discharge, which can impair the per-
formance and safety of aircraft," Mr
The JSF is a fifth-generation aircraft
with highly complex electronics, sophis-
ticated software and a structural airframe
made of composite materials.
This exposes the aircraft to electro-
magnetic interference from both natural-
ly occurring phenomena and man-made
sources, including telecommunication
transmissions and radar.
Mr Snowdon said the impact of inter-
ferences needed to be well understood
and appropriately managed.
"DSTO has developed world-class
expertise in the investigation of electro-
magnetic radiation impact on aircraft and
is engaged directly with the US JSF Joint
Project Office to undertake this study
using the Iron Bird model," he said.
"The data captured will help in pro-
viding potential reductions in the cost of
owning the JSF fleet and enhancing the
The DSTO test methods provide a
rapid, cost-effective means of assess-
ing and monitoring the JSF's ability to
withstand electromagnetic exposure and
minimise any impact on its systems and
DSTO's research will support the
verification for compliance and airwor-
thiness certification for the JSF aircraft.
Australia's first two F-35As are due
to be delivered to a US-based training
facility during 2014-15 when RAAF
pilot and maintainer training will com-
mence on the aircraft.
Iron Bird touches
down for testing
AUSTRALIAN BUILT: Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon (with hat on) stands with members of DSTO Edinburgh in front of
the model JSF.
Photo: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
TEN strategic initiatives will
form the cornerstone of the
Defence Science and Technology
Organisation's (DSTO) strategic
plan, unveiled at Fairbairn in
Canberra on April 12.
The plan provides the organi-
sation's direction for the next
five years and was launched by
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon and
endorsed by the Secretary
and Chief of the Defence Force
The plan has a strong empha-
sis on building and maintaining
partnerships with defence indus-
try, universities and other research
It will be delivered through
10 initiatives grouped under four
themes: delivering science excel-
lence and outcomes for Defence;
shaping defence and national
security; creating the opportunities
and anticipating the challenges
of tomorrow; and being a valued
organisation with a more collabo-
rative and innovative culture.
Chief Defence Scientist Alex
Zelinsky said the initiatives would
drive DSTO to refocus its efforts
toward excellence and innovation
so it was better placed to support
Defence's future capability needs.
"Science and technology sup-
port to Defence operations will
remain DSTO's absolute priority,"
Dr Zelinsky said.
"And as part of that support,
we will move to ensure that our
innovation is put into the hands
of the warfighter as quickly
He said part of their initia-
tives included having a closer and
deeper dialogue with their clients
to identify priorities, which would
also ensure the program was
aligned with Defence strategic
"Our increased future focus
will consolidate our investment
in strategic research to con-
centrate on those high-impact
priority areas that will provide
game-changing technologies for
Defence, including new research
programs in space and autono-
mous systems," Dr Zelinsky said.
The plan will be implemented
from July 1.
The DSTO Strategic Plan can be
viewed at: www.dsto.defence.gov.au/
Developing a plan for the future
PROUD TO SERVE: The ADF is working to ensure there is diversity and flexibility in the workplace.
Photo: LAC Dan Pinhorn
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