Cabinet this month approved a major IT-based defence project that will involve expenditure of up to $30 million.
The decision on a joint command and control system (JCCS) had twice been deferred. It is being managed under State Services Commission and Treasury guidelines for major IT projects.
The JCCS project is designed to implement an automated command and control system for the Defence Force. The system will collect, collate, process, display, store, disseminate and protect command and control information in real time. It will enable elements of all three services to work together by enhancing decision-making processes.
Current command and control systems are largely manual and paper-based.
Indicative funding for a JCCS is in the $15–30 million funding band under the Defence Force long-term funding plan. Potential vendors include Unisys, EDS and a consortium that includes Australian Defence Industries and Northrop Grumman.