Vice Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)

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Vice Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
=
Incumbent
Mark Binskin

since July 2011
StyleAir Marshal
Term lengthThree years (renewable)
Inaugural holderAir Marshal Ray Funnell
 
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Vice Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
=
Incumbent
Mark Binskin

since July 2011
StyleAir Marshal
Term lengthThree years (renewable)
Inaugural holderAir Marshal Ray Funnell

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) of Australia, and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements.

Created in 1986, the VCDF is a three-star officer in the Australian Defence Force (Lieutenant General, Vice Admiral, or Air Marshal). The position's standing responsibilities include: Joint Doctrine, Education, Training and Evaluation; Joint Logistics; Reserve Policy; and Joint Capabilities, Commitments and Concepts. When acting as Chief of the Defence Force, the VCDF attends the National Security Committee of Cabinet (NSCC) and Secretary’s Committee on National Security (SCNS).[1]

The appointment is made by the Governor General on the advice of his ministers under Section 9AA of the Defence Act (1903) and is for a fixed term of three years, nominally rotated between the three services (Navy, Army and Air Force); however in practice this has not been the case and the appointment has been held for longer or shorter periods of time. The role is politically neutral, as are all military positions, and is not affected by a change of government.

On 4 April 2014, it was announced Vice Admiral Ray Griggs will succeed Binskin as VCDF from 4 July 2014.[2]

Appointees[edit]

RankNamePost-
Nominals
ServiceTerm beganTerm endedTime in Appointment
Air MarshalFunnell, RayRay FunnellAORAAFJune 1986[3]January 19870 years, 214 days
Vice AdmiralKnox, IanIan KnoxACRANRANJanuary 1987September 1989 [4]2 years, 243 days
Vice AdmiralBeaumont, AlanAlan BeaumontACRANRANSeptember 1989[4]October 19923 years, 30 days
Lieutenant GeneralBaker, JohnJohn BakerACArmyOctober 1992April 1995[5]2 years, 182 days
Vice AdmiralWalls, RobertRobert WallsAORANRANApril 1995[5]March 19971 year, 334 days
Vice AdmiralBarrie, ChrisChris BarrieACRANRANMarch 19973 July 1998[5]1 year, 122 days
Air MarshalRiding, DouglasDouglas RidingAODFCRAAF3 July 1998 [5]July 20002 years, 0 days
Lieutenant GeneralMueller, DesmondDesmond MuellerAOArmyJuly 2000July 20022 years, 0 days
Vice AdmiralShalders, RussRuss ShaldersAOCSCRANRANJuly 2002July 20053 years, 0 days
Lieutenant GeneralGillespie, KenKen GillespieAODSCCSMArmyJuly 2005July 20083 years, 0 days
Lieutenant GeneralHurley, DavidDavid HurleyACDSCArmyJuly 2008July 20113 years, 0 days
Air MarshalBinskin, MarkMark BinskinACRAAFJuly 2011Incumbent2 years, 343 days


Timeline[edit]

Mark BinskinDavid HurleyKen GillespieRuss ShaldersDesmond MuellerDouglas RidingChris Barrie (admiral)Robert Walls (admiral)John Baker (general)Alan BeaumontIan Knox (admiral)Ray Funnell

Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS)[edit]

Until September 2007, the VCDF was "double hatted" as the Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS). In this role he commanded Australian Defence Force operations on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force. In September 2007, The (Liberal) Minister of Defence, Brendan Nelson announced the formation of a separate three-star CJOPS position based at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) facility at Bungendore, New South Wales.[3][6]

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