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JP 2047 Phase 3
Some commentators have worried about the
Singaporean ownership of Optus and its implications
for Australian defence security, since they know a lot
of help desk and other work for Optus's Australian
network is based out of Singapore. Singapore is a
greatly valued defence partner, and their Defence
Force uses several Australian bases year-round for
training, but are there concerns being expressed
in DMO's Tender Evaluation Working Groups that
Australia's future top secrets may also be read in
The third organisation invited to respond to the
CIOG 106/10 Terrestrial Communications Services
Request for Tender was Fujitsu Australia Limited.
During 2011 Fujitsu's demonstrable end-to-end
expertise enabled its appointment to the Whole of
Government Telecommunications Management Panel
(TMAN) and the Internet Based Network Connection
Services (IBNCS) Panel.
Fujitsu are a well-established supplier to Defence
and have a number of important contracts, including
a recent $151.3 million IT managed services contract
which will be in place for three years with extension
options up to 20 years. It involves providing multiple
services for its Distributed Computing Central
Services (DCCS) contract including the Defence
Central ICT Service Helpdesk. They will provide
support to 90,000 desktops located around Australia
and Fujitsu will work closely with Defence to support
its Strategic Reform agenda for ICT.
Unfortunately for Fujitsu they were not short-listed
as a contender for the JP 2047 Phase 3 contract.
CHALLENGES IN DEFENCE ICT
Getting terrestrial communications right is just one
aspect of the major tasks facing Defence's CIO
A significant proportion of the infrastructure assets
are unstable because they are beyond their effective
life. Maintenance is proving expensive because many
assets are out of warranty. Part of the problem is too
many small inefficient support contracts, resulting in
poor use of buying power, and slow implementation
Organisational silos get in the way of end-to-end
services responding rapidly to end-user requests.
The ICT network's architecture suffers from a lack of
consistent and enforced reference models, with many
proprietary standards, which cause inter-connectivity
problems with partners.
The aim of the Defence ICT reform program is
to deliver on the 2009 DWP requirement for a
secure and robust ICT capability that supports war
fighting and business requirements. There will be a
Single Information Environment (SIE) in a secure
networked ADF across the maritime, land, air and
ISR domains, while pursuing information superiority
and shared situational awareness, together with
Defence business services in a structure sized to
meet enterprise-wide requirements.
Consolidation and standardisation of equipment
will drive down costs. ICT services will be procured
through more centralised frameworks and processes
via strategic and enduring arrangements with a fewer
number of vendors.
All ICT investment across Defence is aligned with
the priorities of the CDF and Secretary, articulated
through a single Integrated Plan of Work. A request
by APDR to see the current plan was denied by
Defence on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.
There are four major projects under way at present.
Terrestrial Communications which will upgrade,
replace, standardise and rationalise the Defence
Terrestrial Communications Network.
Centralised Processing will establish a single,
integrated capability for the management and provision
of Centralised Processing facilities, infrastructure and
services at the Unclassified, Restricted and Secret
information security domain levels.
Next Generation Desktop will deliver a single
desktop (thin client) supported by a consolidated and
centralised data centre infrastructure environment.
IT Service Management Reform Program will
create an enterprise capability that makes it easier,
quicker and more efficient to deliver consistent and
quality ICT products and services
JP 2047 PH3 - AUSTRALIAN
Planning is still going on to identify the full industry
requirements but some of the areas where an
industry contribution is sought could include system
design, development and integration of hardware
and software, introduction of future communications
technology, and enhancement of network security.
Requirements for facilities are yet to be defined.
"This project phase is expected to have substantial
facilities implications. The nature, scope and location
of the facilities and infrastructure requirements will be
defined as the project matures" states the DCP.
The matrix of industry opportunities shows Defence
is looking for Strategic Industry Capability (SIC) being
developed for protection of networks, computers and
communications, in terms of design, education/
training, assembly and installation. Similar SICs are
sought for system life cycle management.
Through Life Support (TLS) will need Australian
industry to develop and maintain sufficient capability
to undertake a full range of through-life maintenance
and support activities. The DCP project description
states "TLS activities are likely to be undertaken
within the existing Australian and New Zealand based
Although not invited to tender for JP 2047 Phase
3, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has three
existing contracts under the Defence Communication
Network (DCN) program. These cover Networks
Coalition and Wide Area (NCWA) - providing
network architecture, design, system integration and
commissioning primarily for the Defence Wide Area
Network (DWAN), the telecommunications backbone
linking all Defence sites; Site Integration Services
(SIS) - project managing the ICT systems integration
at Defence Bases throughout the country; and
Defence Network Operations Services Agreement
-- providing 24/7 monitoring, operation and control
of the systems implemented by NCWA and SIS,
primarily the Defence Wide Area and Base Area
Networks that make up the Defence Communications
BDA is well placed for some of the Australian
Optus are best known in Australia for their broadcast,
data and telephony services.
Short listed for JP 2047 Phase 3, their spokesperson
declined to answer questions from APDR on this
project, citing a Defence tender condition that no
comments be made to the media during the final
stages of the decision process.
Optus do have a public corporate position which
is "The global transition to new-generation Internet
Protocol (IP) networks is the latest step in the
evolution of corporate networking. These networks
eliminate the bandwidth limitations and service
impediments of older technologies that restricted
Getting terrestrial communications right is just one
aspect of the major tasks facing Defence's CIO Group.
Consolidation and standardisation of equipment will
drive down costs
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