ACMC conducts second Civil-Military Leaders’ Workshop in Canberra

17 Jun 2015

The ACMC conducted its second successful Civil-Military Leaders’ Workshop (CMLW) last week at the QT Hotel in Canberra.

From 9 – 12 June the ACMC brought together over 50 senior civil, military and police leaders from 23 countries across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond to consider common challenges and opportunities in coordinating multiagency and multinational responses to disasters and conflict.

ACMC were pleased to welcome first time CMLW participants from Canada, Fiji, Mexico and the European Union.

Senior representatives from the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Defence, as well as non-government organisations and the private sector provided expertise on lessons learned from recent case studies.

The CMLW is ACMC’s strategic-level professional development activity designed to enhance civil-military-police coordination in responding to complex crises. In particular, the CMLW supports Australia’s ability to assist regional partners with humanitarian and disaster relief in times of crisis.

CMLW 2015 included group activities and panel-style discussions featuring presentations from senior international and Australian representatives from relevant Government and non-Government agencies.

Keynote speakers included Australia’s Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN, and the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson AO.

The theme of CMLW 2015 was ‘Civil-Military Coordination – New Challenges and New Partners’. Participants explored:

• Multi-national coordination in disasters and stabilisation operations
• New Threats – New Responses, including health pandemics such as ebola, and massed casualty events such as the loss of Malaysian airlines MH370
• New Partnerships, including the increasing role of police and the private sector
• Preparedness, including the role for exercises and simulations for enhancing interoperability
• Cross-Cutting Themes in Civ-Mil-Pol Interaction, including themes such as ‘protection’, and ‘women, peace and security’; and
• The future of Civil-Military-Police Interaction

In opening the workshop, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN thanked CMLW participants for their attendance and said, “It is good to see such widespread global participation and engagement from those gathered.”

Similarly in closing the workshop, Minister for Defence the Hon Kevin Andrews commended all participants on their efforts throughout the CMLW program noting that participants, “Have gone some way to building a stronger regional and international common front for multi-agency operations.”

The ACMC is confident that the CMLW 2015 has increased participants’ understanding of the factors that influence successful civil–military–police interaction in our region and further abroad.

Photos from this workshop are stored on the ACMC’s Flickr account. To access the photos please click here.

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CMLW Group Photo