Brigadier Greg McGloneDirector General of the Combined Arms Fighting System (CAF)
Greg was born and grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, NSW. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force and graduated from the Engineer Cadet Squadron, RAAF Frognall with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. He held a variety of unit and specialist engineering roles within the Air Force prior to attending 139 RAAF / RAN Pilots Course. Greg transferred to the Army in January 1988 was commissioned into the Australian Army Aviation Corps as a helicopter pilot. Greg held a range of flying appointments in the 1st Aviation Regiment and attended Long Look in 1990 where he served as a Gazelle Troop Commander with the Army Air Corps (24 Air Mobile Brigade). He served with the Directorate of Army Aviation prior to undertaking No 28 Army Command and Staff Course (Division 1) at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, where he completed his Master of Science majoring in Weapons and Vehicles. On returning to Australia, Greg was the Project Manager for the AIR 5046 Phase 3C, the Black Hawk Flight Simulator. Greg attended the Australian Command and Staff College, at Queenscliff, and then served as the Career Advisor – Aviation in the Directorate of Officer Career Management-Army. He was subsequently posted as the Executive Officer, Head Capability Development. Greg was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December 1998, and posted as Project Manager Air 87, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Project. In January 2000 he started a career break when he accepted a C level executive appointment at the National Australia Bank Group (NAB). At NAB, he held a number of positions including Head Group Program Office, Head Project Capability and Development and Head of Strategy and Change. In 2007 McGlone joined the APIS Group as the Chief Information / Chief Technology Officer before joining KPMG as a Director, Business Process Services. In 2011 he established his own company and delivered a range of significant projects to clients from ASX200 companies to smaller enterprises at the CEO level. In June 2013, Greg returned to the Army on promotion to Colonel and assumed the position of Director Combat Support Systems Project Office in Land Systems Division. In 2014 he became Program Director, LAND 121 Phases 3B/5B and continued in that role until promoted to Brigadier in July 2015 when he became Director General, Combined Arms Fighting Systems and assumed responsibility for LAND 400 within Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. Greg is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Project Management and the International Council of Systems Engineers. He is married to Janet and they have two secondary school aged children. His hobbies include flying and photography. He is currently learning German as a second language.
11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: IN-SERVICE SUPPORT ADVANTAGES OF IMPLIMENTING OPEN SYSTEMS FOR ARMOURED VEHICLES
Given the number and range of vehicle-borne sensors and systems that are now deployed on operations, using a middleware and data-model based electronic architecture to integrate them on the platform provides a sound engineering solution. Given that these platforms are likely to be in service for 20 to 30 years, maintaining their operational capability in future operations in an affordable way through-life is important. Open architectural and modular solutions allow acquisition and engineering communities to design for affordable change by enabling evolutionary acquisition and spiral development and, thus, provide a roadmap for platform and fleet management through-life.
· Understanding weight implications of tracked vehicles versus wheeled vehicles in terms of life-cycle costs
· Damage liability testing
· Lessons learned in understanding defence acquisition process
LAND 400 will acquire and support the next generation of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries well into the future. LAND 400 will deliver enhanced levels of survivability to the Joint Land Force including sensors, weapons and information systems which will be networked to strategic intelligence platforms. At its foundation, the program will deliver replacements for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) fleets. The program will also provide specialist Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (MSV) to properly enable Army’s combat brigades to undertake joint land combat.
· LAND 400 Phase 2 is in the final stage of tender evaluation following the successful completion on schedule of the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA)
· The process will conclude in the first half of 2018 with Defence making a submission to Government for LAND 400 Phase 2 Gate Two approval