builds strong people-to-people links with regional militaries at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
The DCP supports Australia’s strategic interests. In line with those interests, the DCP-priority countries and regions include Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, the South West Pacific, South-east Asia, Pakistan and the Middle East. The objective is to maximise Australia’s security through developing close and enduring links with partners that supports their capacity to protect their sovereignty, work effectively with the ADF and contribute to regional security.
To achieve its objectives, the DCP suite of activities include education courses, training, personnel exchanges, capacity building, military secondments, strategic dialogues, visits, subject matter expert exchanges, infrastructure support, and exercises and operations. These activities focus on enhancing the ADF’s operational familiarity with different environments and on building partner capacity in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping, counter-terrorism, maritime security, and military governance and professionalism.
The ADF conducts exercises with other militaries in order to build partner capacity and enhance Australia’s capacity to work with partners in response to regional security contingencies. These exercises are conducted in the air, land and maritime domains and take place both in Australia and across the region. Exercising together promotes interoperability and builds familiarity between our armed forces and those of our regional military partners.
The DCP supports the provision of education and training positions in Australia for international military personnel. Junior and senior officers from regional countries undertake short-and long-term courses at Australian military and civilian educational institutions. This training builds military professionalism by equipping participants with the skills they will use throughout their military careers. International military personnel also return home having developed a better understanding of Australia and having built networks with counterparts in the ADF. These people-to-people links are further maintained through military alumni associations.
Australia maintains regular defence talks with regional countries in order to exchange views on regional security issues and to discuss defence cooperation priorities. The DCP also supports a program of visits by senior defence representatives to and from Australia. Through these visits, Australia gains an improved understanding of regional militaries and the strategic outlook of neighbouring countries.
Through capacity-building activities Defence seeks to develop the institutional and governance frameworks of regional defence organisations as well as the capabilities of their security forces. The DCP achieves these objectives through ADF mobile training teams, support for logistics and infrastructure development, and the posting of Defence personnel as advisers to regional defence and security organisations. Professional and capable militaries are better able to operate with the ADF and to contribute to regional security and stability.
A key element of the DCP is the Pacific Patrol Boat Program, through which Australia has provided 22 Patrol Boats (with associated personnel and technical assistance) to 12 countries. The Program engages Pacific navies and police maritime wings and is designed to help Pacific island countries improve their ability to independently police their maritime zones. Under the follow-on Pacific Maritime Security Program, Australia is replacing the fleet with new steel-hulled vessels. These vessels have been designed in consultation with our international partners in the Program. With the selection of the preferred tender in early 2016 our international partners in the Program will receive a significantly enhanced replacement vessel that will continue to support their maritime surveillance needs over the next 30 years.
Defence Cooperation Program budget 2016-17
South Pacific Region budget 2016-17
South-East Asia region budget 2016-17
Appendix B: The Unapproved Major Capital Investment Program (also known as the Defence Capability Plan)
The Defence Integrated Investment Program announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper is a cost assured and externally validated capability plan that has adopted an integrated approach to bring together for the first time the key elements of investment needed to deliver and sustain Australia’s Defence capabilities.
The Integrated Investment Program replaces separately managed programs of investment for major capital (previously known as the Defence Capability Plan), facilities and information and communications technology with a single program for a more coherent and efficient approach to managing the development of future Defence capability.
The Integrated Investment Program will guide the implementation of these capital investment programs over the Decade to build the future force and achieve the Defence capability goals of the Defence White Paper. These plans are affordable and achievable.
The Integrated Investment Program will be reviewed annually as part of the development of the budget and the program will evolve in response to changes in Australia’s strategic circumstances, including capability priorities, and developments in technology.
The table below highlights a sample of unapproved major capital investment projects to be considered by Government in the remainder of 2015-16 and in 2016 17 Financial Year.
Unapproved Capital projects in development for First Pass approval consideration within the Financial Year 2016-17
AIR 5349 Phase 6
AIR 6000 Phase 3
Weapons and Countermeasures for Air Combat Capability