Air Power Australia has published a new paper by Air Commodore Ted Bushell AM (Retd). It is called Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology.
It is a companion piece to An Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed published in February 2011; also by the same author.
The paper covers a wide range of issues such as the failed experiment known as the DMO (my words), the horrible leadership situation in senior Defence (again, my words) and the over-all dumbing down of various positions that require technical know-how as opposed to bureaucratic group-think.
In identifying why and how the fundamental management models that have evolved both within Defence, DMO and the Services have failed, and will continue to fail, this paper will:It is a good read and media people that report on these matters should keep it within easy reach when referring to any number of Defence stuff ups. It would also be good material for any number of Australian media pros brave enough to ask some real questions when interviewing various Defence suspects.
Firstly, analyse the causal factors that the Minister maintains led to the decayed state of Australia's Naval capabilities as a good, topical example, while noting that these factors are also common to RAAF and Army.
Secondly, analyse, from the top down, how the management methodologies that have evolved within Defence and the DMO have led to the problems and failures being seen in the management of the Military and the acquisition and sustainment of Australia's military capabilities, and hence Australia's national security.
Both the above mentioned papers would be useful for our politicians when engaged in Defence related hearings.
How Australia expects to have a non-dysfunctional Defence leadership is anyone's guess. Primarily because there is so much work to do in order to someday make things right.