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A Defence perspective on mobility and spectrum requirements. Presentation by GPCAPT Darren May, Director Military Engagement, Chief Information Officer Group, Defence

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  • 1. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Defence “Comms on the move” RADCOMMS 11 Conference 26-27 May 2011
  • 2. “Working together to achieve service excellence”Scope of Presentation•  Organisation•  Strategic drivers of Defence Spectrum•  Current and future use of spectrum•  What Drives Selection of Defence Spectrum?
  • 3. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Chief of the Defence Force Secretary of DefenceAdvice to CDF on CIS support Chief Information Officer Group Mr Greg Farr - CIOto ADF activity Strategic J6 Strategic oversight of ICT Operations Division Spectrum support to wider CIS spt to ADF Activities Major General Mike Milford - HICTO activities of the Dept of Defence Intelligence, Security J65 Function Base support, Strategic CIS Planning ICT Policy and Plans Branch S&T Program for ADF Activities Commodore Roger Boyce - DGICTPP Spectrum Support to ADF Activities Defence Spectrum Office
  • 4. “Working together to achieve service excellence”Government Mandated Principle Tasks for the ADF (Defence White Paper 2009) • Deterring and Defeating attacks on Australia primary force structure determinant • Contributing to Stability and Security in the South Pacific and East Timor • Contributing to Military Contingencies in the Asia- Pacific Region • Contributing to Military Contingencies in Support of Global Security • Other Tasks – Support to civil authorities, Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
  • 5. “Working together to achieve service excellence”GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS (National Strategic Priorities & Objectives)DEFENCE TASKS 2009 Defence White PaperStrategy and Force 2020, Future Joint Operating Concept,Operational Concepts Network Centric Warfare Roadmap 2009Major Capital Equipment Defence Capability Plan 2009 (Dec 2010 Update) ProgramSPECTRUM Australian Defence SpectrumREQUIREMENTS Strategic Plan
  • 6. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Network-enabled Battlespace
  • 7. “Working together to achieve service excellence”
  • 8. “Working together to achieve service excellence”
  • 9. “Working together to achieve service excellence” DEFENCE USE OF SPECTRUM
  • 10. “Working together to achieve service excellence”Defence Use of the VLF, LF and MF Bands VLF Band   communications with submerged submarines   alternatives will diminish its use and importance LF Band   air navigation (non-directional beacons)   reducing importance but enduring tactical use MF Band   fixed and deployable air navigation beacons   fixed and mobile communications   reducing importance but enduring tactical use
  • 11. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Defence Use of the HF BandDefence use of this band remains important for Defence & Wider National SecurityCommunications   strategic and contingency BLOS communications   tactical comms for air, land and sea environments   Specific allied interoperability requirementsRadars   Jindalee OTH radars conduct surveillance across the western and northern approaches to AustraliaHighly valued BandEnduring capability requirement for the ADF
  • 12. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Defence Use of the VHF Band A key band in support of military operations  Communications   tactical fixed and mobile communications   interoperability with allies   valued for its range and terrain characteristics  Other uses   navigation systems   deployable air traffic control systems   landing systems, sonobuoys etc  Defence licences cluster at the ends of the band  Importance of VHF to Defence will not diminish
  • 13. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Defence Use of the UHF Band The most important band in support of military operations  Communications   command and control   fixed and mobile tactical communications (including SATCOM)   key interoperability bands with allies   key tactical data links  Other uses   radars (incl Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft)   navigation systems (incl satellite systems)   landing systems, weapon & aircraft telemetry etc
  • 14. “Working together to achieve service excellence”Defence Use of the SHF and EHF Bands  Communications   fixed and mobile   core satellite systems   aeronautical telemetry, unmanned aerial vehicles, weapon systems etc  Radars   fixed, deployable and mobile radars   optimum radar band for weapon systems  Importance to Defence will continue to increase
  • 15. “Working together to achieve service excellence” What Drives Selection of Defence Spectrum?  Spectrum allocations and licensing  Sourcing of military equipment:   mostly from ITU Regions 1 and 2   MOTS, COTS   ADF acquisitions are small, no leverage over suppliers   sophisticated system designs  Interoperability within the Joint, WofG and Coalition environments
  • 16. “Working together to achieve service excellence” Concluding Remarks  Modern military operating concepts are based on intensive use of the spectrum.  Trend is toward:   Increasing military dependence on spectrum   Increasing military spectrum demand  Defence requires assured access to key parts of the spectrum to meet the roles assigned to it by Government for national security.  Enhancements required in the way Defence manages spectrum   Defence welcomes the opportunity to work with ACMA and key stakeholders
  • 17. “Working together to achieve service excellence” QUESTIONS ?