Defence's NCW primed for budget funding

The Australian Defence Force's ambition to acquire a network centric warfare (NCW) capability is gaining momentum, with Department of Defence CIO Patrick Hannan revealing final NCW conceptual paperwork will be ready within eight to 12 weeks.

Both the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Defence Minister Robert Hill will consider the plans.

"We plan to have the NCW roadmap with the minister by December. It will not be released in a form called the NCW roadmap, but I would suspect you'll be seeing implications of it in any decisions they might make – such as in relation to investment programs and the Defence Capability Plan coming out of the budget. [The NCW roadmap] is informing that process," Hannan told Computerworld.

Meanwhile, the finishing touches are being applied to a final NCW concept paper to be submitted to defence chiefs following input from industry and the defence community.

"We've received a lot of inputs, and those have been worked on. We are now preparing a final NCW concept paper, and we intend and hope that will go to COSC, the top military committee that deals with [military] doctrine, in November. Subject to any views COSC might have, that should be available, in the context of the capability plan, in the next budget [May]," Hannan said.

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