This annual update of the Defence Corporate Plan builds upon the Government’s Defence Reform Strategy to reduce public sector expenditure on personnel emoluments in order to increase the financial resources available to increase service delivery. From a Defence perspective, our essential service delivery tasks remain Border Security, Maritime Surveillance and Response, and support to regional stability initiatives like the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
The financial challenges confronting Defence are substantial. Defence expects that over the next five years, transnational threats to our national economic and security interests will require higher levels of Defence commitment to our border and maritime security interests. This increased commitment will be characterised by the need for high levels of interagency coordination with other Government Departments including Police, Customs, Fisheries and Intelligence agencies. This whole-of-Government approach to national security will require us to develop new thinking and new processes for major acquisition projects with a multi-agency focus.
During the next five years our development funding is to be used to recover existing capabilities and assets. Proposals to acquire new capabilities or platforms are to be developed by the Force Development Committee during the course of 2007 for Defence Council. Those capital procurement proposals that are endorsed by NEC will form the basis for the Defence Long Term Development Plan 2011 - 2015. As such, in the next 18 months, Defence must address all of the principal tasks and major activities contained in this Corporate Plan to build the foundation and framework for an effective and sustainable capability rebuild program.
Defending the independent sovereign state of Papua New Guinea is an important business, and not one that the military can do on its own. The achievement of the Government’s security policy objectives requires high levels of coordination between all Government Departments and Agencies that contribute to regional stability, border security and maritime surveillance. In this context, the rebuild of Defence capability to contribute to the on-going protection of our national security interests requires a long term planning and this update of the Defence Corporate Plan forms an important part of informing the Government of our future capital investment needs.