Vice Chief of the Defence Force (Australia)

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Vice Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
=
Incumbent
Ray Griggs

since 30 June 2014
StyleVice Admiral
Lieutenant General
Air Marshal
Member ofAustralian Defence Force
Reports toChief of the Defence Force
Term lengthFour years (renewable)
Inaugural holderAir Marshal Ray Funnell
Formation6 June 1986
 
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Vice Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
=
Incumbent
Ray Griggs

since 30 June 2014
StyleVice Admiral
Lieutenant General
Air Marshal
Member ofAustralian Defence Force
Reports toChief of the Defence Force
Term lengthFour years (renewable)
Inaugural holderAir Marshal Ray Funnell
Formation6 June 1986

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.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, the incumbent VCDF, has held the position since 30 June 2014.[2]

Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group[edit]

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group is responsible for the provision of military strategic effects and commitments advice and planning, joint military professional education and training, logistics support, health support, ADF cadet and reserve policy, joint capability coordination, preparedness management, and joint and combined ADF doctrine.[3]

Appointees[edit]

RankNamePostnominalsServiceTerm beganTerm endedTime in Appointment
Air MarshalFunnell, RayRay FunnellAO Royal Australian Air Force6 June 1986[4][5]January 19870 years, 208 days
Vice AdmiralKnox, IanIan KnoxACRAN Royal Australian NavyJanuary 198716 September 1989 [6]2 years, 259 days
Vice AdmiralBeaumont, AlanAlan BeaumontACRAN Royal Australian Navy16 September 1989[6]October 19923 years, 14 days
Lieutenant GeneralBaker, JohnJohn BakerACAustralia Australian ArmyOctober 1992April 1995[7]2 years, 182 days
Vice AdmiralWalls, RobertRobert WallsAORAN Royal Australian NavyApril 1995[7]March 19971 year, 334 days
Vice AdmiralBarrie, ChrisChris BarrieACRAN Royal Australian NavyMarch 19973 July 1998[7]1 year, 122 days
Air MarshalRiding, DouglasDouglas RidingAODFC Royal Australian Air Force3 July 1998 [7]5 June 20001 year, 341 days
Lieutenant GeneralMueller, DesmondDesmond MuellerAOAustralia Australian Army5 June 200015 July 20022 years, 40 days
Vice AdmiralShalders, RussRuss ShaldersAOCSCRAN Royal Australian Navy15 July 20024 July 20052 years, 350 days
Lieutenant GeneralGillespie, KenKen GillespieAODSCCSMAustralia Australian Army4 July 20053 July 20082 years, 365 days
Lieutenant GeneralHurley, DavidDavid HurleyACDSCAustralia Australian Army4 July 20083 July 20112 years, 364 days
Air MarshalBinskin, MarkMark BinskinAC Royal Australian Air Force4 July 201130 June 20142 years, 361 days
Vice AdmiralGriggs, RayRay GriggsAOCSCRAN Royal Australian Navy30 June 2014Incumbent0 years, 135 days


Timeline[edit]

Ray GriggsMark 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.[4][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ADF Website (accessed 25 May 2010)
  2. ^ "Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "About the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group". Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Department of Defence. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b VADM Shalders (2 April 2003). "Transcript of Speech to RUSI 'The Evolving role of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force'". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ RAAF Air Development Power Centre (6 June 1986). "Funnell first VCDF". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/5114/5114.pdf 'Seeing Stars' Navy News, p 11 (accessed 25 May 2010
  7. ^ a b c d http://www.defence.gov.au/cdf/past_chiefs.htm (accessed 26 May 2010)
  8. ^ Minister of Defence Press Release MIN99/07 19 September 2007