CDF General Angus Campbell has released the Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan, setting out Defence’s strategy for responding to the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry.
The reform plan establishes the Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program and provides an overview of work already under way, the manner in which future work will be delivered and timeframes for delivery of this work.
General Campbell said Defence’s response to the Afghanistan inquiry, through the reform plan, would embed enduring change across the organisation.
“The issues identified by the Afghanistan inquiry are very serious and, as a defence force, it has been confronting, but we must look forward,” General Campbell said.
“We are committed, through the reform plan and reform program, to implement change and ensure the war-fighting capability of our future force is optimised and maintained.
“As an organisation we are better when we learn, train and fight together as a team.
“Implementing the work, as outlined in the reform plan is no different.
“We will do it as a team.”
Defence said that since the release of the Afghanistan inquiry report last November, and while the reform plan has been under development, considerable work had already commenced to address the complex issues arising from the inquiry.
Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty said all Defence personnel would play a critical role in supporting Defence’s ongoing response to the inquiry.
“The Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan is a considered and comprehensive way forward for Defence and we will become more effective and efficient as an organisation because of it,” Mr Moriarty said.
“It will take the effort of each and every one of us to ensure a future-focused enterprise approach to reform, which will be fundamental to our success.”
The Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan is available for download here.
Anyone affected by the Afghanistan inquiry and reforms is encouraged to seek help early.
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