Industry welcomes new defence buying boss

Industry has welcomed the appointment of the former managing director of Boeing Defence Australia as boss of the newly-formed Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

News.com.au reports that Kim Gillis will head the organisation that replaces the old Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). He will be responsible for purchases for the Australian Defence Force and, as such, will have an annual $12 billion defence purchasing budget to administer.

One of Gillis’ first tasks will be to implement a Defence Capability Plan which is due out later this month along with the new Defence White Paper.

Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox welcomed the appointment of Gillis and said that it will “place Defence acquisition and sustainment on a sure footing."

"Key challenges confront Mr Gillis as he creates a leaner, more agile organisation, one capable of giving confidence that a number of major, complex programs – new submarines and frigates, 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and a fleet of armoured vehicles for Army – are delivered expeditiously. Each has substantial risks associated with them, with expenditure of more than $100 billion at stake,” Willox said in a statement.

The now defunct DMO, which CASG has replaced, came in for much industry criticism. It was said to be overly bureaucratic and the cause of unnecessary delays.

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