Australia — Chief of Army unveils future structure and capability for Army

Chief of Army, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al David Mor­ri­son, AO recent­ly announced Plan BEERSHEBA, a restruc­ture of the Aus­tralian Army to enhance its effec­tive­ness and effi­cien­cy.

Plan BEERSHEBA is the sec­ond phase of Adap­tive Army, and will focus on the restruc­ture of 1st, 3rd and 7th Brigades to form new Mul­ti-role Manoeu­vre Brigades that are alike in struc­ture.

These Brigades will enable sus­tained oper­a­tions with­in a new 36-month Force Gen­er­a­tion Cycle, which in turn will ensure Army tran­si­tions to a force struc­ture that is ready to respond to the full spec­trum of pos­si­ble oper­a­tional com­mit­ments. Each one will include infantry, armour, artillery, engi­neer, logis­tic and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ele­ments.

Army Reserves will realign to be more inte­grat­ed with the reg­u­lar Army with two Reserve Brigades sup­port­ing each Mul­ti-role Manoeu­vre Brigade. This will see the Reserve assume an even greater focus on sta­bil­i­ty oper­a­tions such as East Tim­or and the Solomon Islands.

Plan BEERSHEBA also intro­duces ADF’s new amphibi­ous capa­bil­i­ties such as the new Land­ing Heli­copter Docks (LHD) ships which rep­re­sent a fun­da­men­tal shift in how Army will deploy land forces and con­duct oper­a­tions in response to the full spec­trum of con­flict sce­nar­ios in the future.

Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mor­ri­son said, “the Army’s Deploy­able Joint Force Head­quar­ters will fos­ter and devel­op an amphibi­ous cul­ture across Army, but it will take some time to mas­ter. The impor­tant point is that the Army is com­mit­ted to devel­op­ing this aspect of its oper­a­tions.”

To rein­force Army’s com­mit­ment, the Chief of Army has des­ig­nat­ed the 2nd Bat­tal­ion, Roy­al Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment (2RAR) to form the core of Army’s con­tri­bu­tion to a future amphibi­ous force as this devel­op­men­tal work is done.

2RAR will work on a day to day basis with Navy and Air Force on the LHDs and oth­er amphibi­ous plat­forms to fur­ther devel­op this joint capa­bil­i­ty.”

In his inau­gur­al year as Chief of Army, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mor­ri­son expressed his con­fi­dence in Plan BEERSHEBA to deliv­er an Army that is robust, rel­e­vant and capa­ble for the tasks direct­ed by Gov­ern­ment.

“Our mod­ern Army is mov­ing into the future with a new per­spec­tive and a smarter way of doing busi­ness and deliv­er­ing capa­bil­i­ty with­in the resources we have,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mor­ri­son said.

“Plan BEERSHEBA will ensure that Army can con­tin­ue to con­tribute forces to oper­a­tions includ­ing Afghanistan, until the mis­sion is com­plete, and will suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tion to a force that main­tains high lev­els of readi­ness to react to the range of Australia’s Defence needs as they arise.

“On oper­a­tions and at home, it means we will derive the full val­ue from our Army.”

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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