Peter Jones - Capability Development Group: Defence Capability


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Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Chief of Capability Development Group (CDG) delivered this presentation at the 2014 ADM Congress. Event attendees were able to hear presentations from senior government ministers and defence officials with a focus on the theme 'What does government want of industry?'

The Congress will connected industry delegates to government ministers and Department of Defence Personnel as well as speakers from Prime contractors and SMEs. A diverse program of speeches, panel discussions and workshops addressed key defence developments, capability innovations, project management, defence procurement and planning for the future. For more information about the annual event, please visit the conference website:

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Peter Jones - Capability Development Group: Defence Capability

  1. 1. ADDRESS TO THE 11th ANNUAL ADM DEFENCE/INDUSTRY CONGRESS Vice Admiral Peter Jones AO, DSC, RAN Chief Capability Development Group
  2. 2. CDG Mission & Role • Champion Australia’s Defence capabilities to enable our future war fighters to fight and win • Provide Government with accurate, concise and compelling submissions to enable it to make decisions informed of the relevant capability, technical, cost and schedule risks.
  3. 3. CDG Performance • CDG typically achieves around 28 project approvals a year: • Notable project approvals in the past 12 months: - AIR 5349 Phase 3 – EA – 18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability (12 Aircraft) - LAND 121 Phase 3B and Phase 5B – Field Vehicle Modules and Trailers - SEA 1442 Phase 4 – Maritime Communications Modernisation - LAND 200 Tranche 2 – Battlefield communications - SEA 1448 Phase 4A – ANZAC Electronic Support Systems Improvements - AIR 7000 – P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft • These projects taken together have a value of well around eight billion dollars
  4. 4. Engaging Industry to Deliver Capability • Early and constructive engagement with Industry is vital to the effective delivery of the DCP: - Capability Development Advisory Forum - Environmental Working groups - The Rapid Prototyping & Evaluation Development Program Quicklook for unapproved DCP projects - Defence Industry Board
  5. 5. Capability Development Reform • Defence’s improved capability development performance can be attributed to reform initiatives • As a follow-on to the external reviews such as Kinnaird, Mortimer and Black, CDG has initiated the Capability Development Improvement Program (CDIP) • In 2011 an independent Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3) maturity assessment judged how well CDG manages projects going forward for Second Pass approval. – – – – – – Management Control Benefits managed Financial Management Risk Management Organisational Governance; and Resource Management
  6. 6. • Capability Development Reform • The P3M3 Assessment helped spawn the Capability Development Improvement Program in early 2012 • CDIP is organised around the following reform streams: – – – – – – – Establishment of integrated program and Sub-Program Teams Portfolio Management Office Simplifying our documents requirements Create a sustainable, skilled capability development workforce Increase earlier industry engagement in DCP projects Industry support partnerships Improve culture and relationships across Defence
  7. 7. Capability Development Reform • Majority of CDIP’s First Tranche initiatives are complete • 2013 P3M3 assessment showed significant improvement in CDG program management since 2011
  8. 8. Capability Development Reform • In a related initiative the DMO commissioned the US firm Independent Project Analysis in 2012 to benchmark Defence project outcomes • Defence project outcomes compared favourably with those of significant improvement in schedule achievement following the implementation of the Kinnaird Review
  9. 9. 2014 CDIP Tranche 2 • Use LEAN methodology to streamline CapDev process • Repeatable methodology for capturing requirements Improved portfolio management tool • Improved First Pass cost estimation • Development of Capability Integration Framework • Defence Capability Lifecycle Manual
  10. 10. CDG Priorities for 2014 • Deliver Capability submissions for government consideration according to schedule • Support the development of the Defence White Paper and DCP 2015 • Support the higher level reviews • Introduce Integration by Design into capability development • Embark on Tranche 2 of the CDIP Reforms • Enhance information management
  11. 11. Questions?