Defence is to receive $308 billion in the decade to 2018-19 under the new funding model described in the Defence White Paper, Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030, released in May this year.
The Australian Government has since provided more detail about its future spending plans with the release of the Defence Capability Plan and the Department of Defence and Defence Materials Organisation Procurement Plans.
Procurement plans provide detailed information about significant Defence procurements planned for the current financial year, while the Defence Capability Plan details major capital equipment proposals planned for Government consideration over the period 2009/10 to 2012/13. Released on 1 July the DCP also includes a summary of some of the major programs expected beyond 2013.
“This DCP contains 110 capability projects or phases with a total budget of over $60 billion” Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner said announcing the release of the plan.
The DCP covers many but not all of the programs identified in the 2009 Defence White Paper, as some White Paper projects will not be considered until after 2012/13. These projects should be included in subsequent DCPs.
The White Paper describes a vision for the future defence of Australia out to 2030, including the new defence funding model and extensive reforms of Defence business. The Government has said it intends to update the Defence White Paper every five years to address new developments in strategic challenges and priorities.
Among the key ICT initiatives flagged by the White Paper is the development of a network Australian Defence Force with networked maritime, land, air and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) domains.
The White Paper also announced funding for enhancements to the Australian Defence Force’s Joint Command Support System, including strengthening protected, high-speed communication and networking systems.