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Aircraft noise concerns
US on secret network
July 4, 2013
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown has
raised strong concerns about a local
council's decision to develop land
adjacent to RAAF Base Williamtown.
AIRMSHL Brown and Defence
Parliamentary Secretary Senator
David Feeney visited Williamtown
and Raymond Terrace to raise con-
cerns about the development of 153
Richardson Road, Raymond Terrace.
Port Stephens Council approved
an in-principle development applica-
tion for the land.
AIRMSHL Brown said
Williamtown was a strategic base for
our national security and needed to
be protected for the future.
"RAAF Base Williamtown
needs to be protected against urban
encroachment, so the men and
women of Air Force can continue
their essential duties," he said.
"Aircraft noise will never be
eliminated. However, Air Force has
implemented 'fly neighbourly' proce-
dures to reduce aircraft noise impacts
for existing properties.
"Developing properties within the
Australian Noise Exposure Forecast
(ANEF) zones will further constrain
the already limited opportunities for
Air Force to mitigate aircraft noise
impacts, both now and in the future."
ANEF maps are a forecast of
noise impacts that will be created in
the future years.
The RAAF Base Williamtown
2025 ANEF predicts aircraft noise in
the year 2025 made by both civilian
and military aircraft at Williamtown
and the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range.
Town councils are strongly
encouraged to use the ANEF and
apply Australian Standard 2021-2000
when considering development appli-
Senator Feeney said Defence
released ANEF maps to provide the
best available information for deci-
sion making by councils when con-
"When councils disregard the
ANEF and Australian
Standards it exposes people
to aircraft noise that could
have been avoided," Senator
Williamtown isn't going
anywhere -- any future devel-
opment inside the ANEF
exposes new people to total-
ly avoidable aircraft noise.
"This decision also comes
on the back of the consider-
able consultation that has
gone on with both the coun-
cil and community groups
before the Williamtown
ANEF release. The consulta-
tion was to ensure the future
predicted noise exposure
URBAN ENCROACHMENT: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown and Defence Parliamentary
Secretary Senator David Feeney are opposed to development directly around RAAF
Base Williamtown due to noise from aircraft such as the F/A-18 (inset). The noise
exposure forecast map above shows affected areas.
Photos: CPL Mark McConnell and LAC Craig Barrett
THE secret information exchange
between Australia and its biggest
allies will increase as part of a suite
of improvements under the Improved
The current phase of the project
involves providing greater connectivity
between the Australian and the US secret
networks. The services will be put to the
test during Exercise Talisman Sabre this
The project was trialled during
Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, while
in this year's exercise all ICT services
required at the secret level will be pro-
vided by the project.
The project is scheduled to formalise
all support arrangements by October to
ensure continued availability. Canada,
the United Kingdom and New Zealand
are considering the progress and are
planning to have similar exchanges at
the five-eyes level, negating the need for
The Assistant Secretary Military and
Security Program Delivery in CIOG,
Yaso Arumugam, said Talisman Sabre
would allow real-time testing of con-
nectivity between the Defence Secret
Network (DSN) and the US Department
of Defense's Secret network.
"In the past, specific networks have
been used for exercises, and connectiv-
ity to the US has been through various
networks," Ms Arumugam said.
"Connectivity between the Australian
and US secret networks allows approved
users to directly collaborate with their
counterparts and provides real-time
access to sensitive information necessary
to support exercises and operations."
The SO1 Communication
Information Systems Plans at HQ Joint
Operations Command, LTCOL Dan
Küffer, said the project has required
"We've been conducting operations
and exercises that require high-levels of
collaboration with our allies. This pro-
ject solves many of the interoperability
issues associated with having to share
information across multiple networks,"
LTCOL Küffer said.
"We've already reduced our need for
additional hardware and the time taken
in planning and execution of exercises
An information campaign on the
capability will include tours to bases,
while many of the services are already in
place for those on operations.
Director of Information and Data
Exchange Systems John Boxall said the
campaign would have a strong focus on
user awareness, with information ses-
sions detailing the eventual capabilities
of the system, including points of con-
tact.Mr Boxall said there would be much
richer information on command and con-
trol services, such as a tactical data link
for the exchange of situational awareness
on exercises and operations.
Further information about the pro-
ject is available from the ICI 4EYES
Gateway page on the DSN, or contact
the DSN Service Desk for assistance.
will have access to
browsing -- allows
authorised users to
on their respective
chat -- provides an
at sea database
portal -- provides
for joint planning
and conduct of
Secure Voice over
(VoIP) -- allows
either a scheduled
or ad-hoc nature.
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