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Annual Report 2013-14

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Profile | Timmy Hogan

Capability Development Group fertile ground for future leader

Capability Development Group’s Timmy Hogan is proving his potential as a future leader in his latest position as an acting director with the Force Structure Review and White Paper Team, which is developing a Defence Capability Plan for the next 20 years.

‘The opportunity to work with the Force Structure Review and White Paper Team, where I can shape key ADF high-level policy documents and plans for the future force, is definitely a challenging but high point in my career so far,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘I guess my work in Capability Development Group has given me the right tools in making some informed capability decisions in order to meet the Government’s expectations of the 2015 White Paper.’

For a relatively young acting director, Mr Hogan’s talents have been recognised many times already for his contributions, which have clearly supported Defence’s strategic goals. He received the Australia Day Medallion in 2011 for his contribution to Operation Slipper and a Gold Commendation from Vice Admiral Peter Jones, Chief Capability Development Group.

Mr Hogan first joined Defence in 2008 as a business manager in DMO, equipping the ADF with force protection countermeasures and contributing to the wellbeing of Australia’s soldiers in Afghanistan, before moving to the Capability Development Group in 2011.

In the Group, he was the driving force and intellect for several major reviews and the development of the Defence Capability Plan. He also made a key contribution to the Cabinet submission that recently secured second pass approval for the Joint Strike Fighter.

Mr Hogan’s talents and his clear potential as a future leader have already been identified by the Group, which has given him the opportunity to broaden his talents. One way he has taken full advantage of the opportunity is by furthering his understanding of approaches to security challenges and how such strategic policy decisions affect the ADF’s future capability investments.

“I’ve always had an interest in national security challenges for Defence,” he said. “Defence has given me the opportunity to study this field at the National Security College at the Australian National University and in Germany for three months at the George C Marshall Centre.”

“My aspirations for my career are to use these experiences to shape myself and inspire other future leaders in Defence.”