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MONDAY, MAY 31, 1982 NO. 79/82



The Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Defence Science Organisation met in Canberra on 29 May 1982. Professor P.T. Fink, Chief Defence Scientist, Australia, occupied the chair and the meeting was attended by delegates from Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea,

Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Kingdom and Australia. · '

The meeting followed three weeks of discussions between scientists, medical officers and engineers which covered contiguous symposia of the Food Study Group and the newly formed Preventive Medicine Group. The Committee was advised by the chairmen of these groups that the meetings were most successful and that they would arrange other meetings and activities under the auspices of the Commonwealth Defence.Science Organisation.

The members agreed that there was a strong awareness of the need to build upon the progress made so far by the CDSO, and in particular, recommends to Member Governments that they consider how to assist the developing countries of the Commonwealth on scientific and technical aspects of defence equipment acquisition. This assistance

could take account, for example, of such factors as inspection, validation and quality assurance as they apply to the circumstances and physical environment of these countries.

The Committee concluded its meeting by reaffirming the benefits to be gained by members of the Organisation which was set up to promote advancement of defence science throughout the Commonwealth by the exchange of information

and of scientists between countries, and,by encouraging contacts between scientists of the member nations.

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New Zealand contributed two papers to the Symposium.

The value of the Conference as a means of exchanging problems

and solutions was apparent throughout. The papers and

discussions gave an interesting perspective on the scientific

programs Of the Commonwealth nations, and provided a basis

for continuing liaison and co-operation in defence science.



The delegation to the 1982 Conference of the

Commonwealth Defence Science Organisation, held on this

occasion in Australia, have been very gratified with the

success of the third Symposium held on 24 May - 28 May,

both in the context and contributions made by all the

representatives of the Commonwealth present, and in the

efficiency of executives, for which the host country is

warmly congratulated. The proceedings throughout have

been marked by a very productive and strong spirit of

co-operation. .

' The Executive Committee of the CDSO, comprised of

the Chief Defence Scientists of the Commonwealth countries,

met at the end of the Conference with a strong awareness of

the need to build upon the progress made so far by the CDSO,

and in particular, recommends tq Member Governments that

they consider how to assist the developing countries of

the Commonwealth on scientific and technical aspects of

defence equipment acquisition. This assistance would take

account, for example, of such factors as inspection,

validation and quality assurance as they apply to the

circumstances and physical environment of these countries.

To further build on the success of this Conference,

the Executive Committee of. the CDSO recommends that a future

conference on Defence Science matters be held in 1985.

(H.G.R. ROBINSON, OBE) United Kingdom _ .



As the newest member of the Organisation, the

Papua New Guinea delegation to the General Symposium had

a lot to learn and make the initial contacts"with delegates

from other Commonwealth countries. Papua New Guinea is

grateful - for this opportunity that has been made possible

by the far-sightedness of the Secretariat in London

extending the invitation through the Australian Department

of Defence.

As well as being new to the Commonwealth Defence

Science and Technology Organisation, Papua New Guinea has

a humble defence force that is far less developed than

those of other members of the Commonwealth. Whilst the

social and welfare demands are great on the country's

meagre financial and other resources, Papua New Guinea sees

a need to up-grade its defence capabilities. It is to this

end that, becoming a member of the CDSO, holds some hope

of the country having access to the combined accumulated

knowledge of member countries.



After two years as Commander Royal Engineers at Central Command he was attached to the Snowy Mountains Authority in 1962 and worked on site preparation for the Murray 1 power station near Khancoban. Another CRE

appointment followed, this time in Sydney, after which he went to Papua New Guinea in 1964 where he established the 19th CRE (Works) unit at Popondetta, which acted as the District Engineers Office for the PNG Public Works

Department. He returned to Australia in 1966 to become Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor of the School of Military Engineering.

In April, 1967, he went to Vietnam where he was Chief Engineer on the Australian Force Headquarters.

. After a staff appointment on the Headquarters of Eastern Command, in Sydney, he returned to Papua New Guinea in late 1969 to work on the planning of that country's defence force after independences He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

for this work. He returned to Australia in 1972 where he became Deputy Director, Accommodation and Works, at Army Headquarters, Canberra.

In 1973, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, returning to Australia in 1974 to become the Director of Joint Policy at the Department of . Defence. The following year he was appointed Director

General of the Military Staff Branch in the Department of Defence.

. " He was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed the Army's Chief of Materiel in November 1975

He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1980.

Major General P. Falkland, AO

■ · Major General Peter Falkland was born in -

Melbourne on June 5, 1925 and was educated at Xavier College. He entered the Royal "Military College, Duntroon, · in 1943 and graduated bn December 13, 1944 as a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Artillery.

His first appointments saw him on active service in Borneo where he served with the 2/4th Australian Field Regiment (Jungle Division). After the war a series of regimental and staff appointments in Japan and Australia

followed until 1954 when he attended the Staff College at Quetta in Pakistan.

Promoted to major in December 1954 he returned to Australia where he served as Brigade Major, Headquarters 2nd Army Group Royal Artillery. He attended a Long Gunnery Staff Course at Larkhill, England in 1957 and served as a Battery Commander in 58 Medium Regiment in Germany in 1958.

In 1959 he returned as instructor in gunnery at the School of Artillery at North Head, New South Wales.


In January 1961 he was promoted lieutenant colonel and was posted as an instructor to the Australian Staff College. This was followed in January 1964 with the appointment as Commanding Officer, 1st Field Regiment, The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

Following this appointment he returned overseas in June 1965, this time as a member of the Directing Staff at the Joint Services Staff College, Latimer in the United Kingdom.

On return to Australia and after a short period as General Staff Officer Grade 1 at the Headquarters 1st Division he was promoted to colonel in September 1968. There followed a series of appointments at Army Headquarters until January 1970 when he was appointed Deputy Commander,

1st Australian Task Force in South Vietnam.

Promoted to brigadier in January 1971 he again proceeded to the United Kingdom where he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies. At the conclusion of this course he was seconded to the Department of Defence

as Director Joint Services Intelligence and Deputy Director Military, Joint Intelligence Organization.

In January 1975 he returned to Army Office and was appointed Director General of Army Development. In November of that year he was promoted major general and shortly after took up the appointment as Head Australian

Defence Staff in Washington. He remained in this position until January 1979 when he returned to Australia to take up his present appointment as Deputy Chief of the General Staff.

General Falkland was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List of 1977.

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The standard and depth of the various papers and

subsequent discussions will definitely be of tremendous

help and guidance to the less technologically developed

members of the organisation, who are in the process of

building up their armed forces either through the

procurement of new and modern armaments and equipments or

through the establishment of defence research laboratories

or munition factories or the expansion of what they

already have.

The conference has opened up to us new horizons

in procurement procedure and policy through the deep

expositions on quality assurance and control.

It is hoped, however, that the more experienced

and more technologically developed members will readily

make available to the less developed members the wealth

of their experience, knowledge and technology, this we .

consider is the 'Commonwealth'.

(S.K. OMOJOKUN) Brigadier ' (Nigeria)


. This Conference of CDSO held this year in Australia

has brought together member countries as participants for

discussing various philosophies and rationale involved in

quality assurance acceptance standards and technology

transfer.' The Indian delegation has found the Conference

very stimulating and useful. More than the organised

meetings, it also found the visits to defence production

centres and laboratories stimulating. Exchange of views

with our colleagues from other countries of the Commonwealth

has been of great value and significance. The Indian

delegation thanks the Australian Government for organising

what has turned out to be an outstanding conference.




The Canadian delegation of four members, led .

by their Chief Defence Scientist, Edward J. Bobyn,

presented 12 papers at this Conference. The Canadian

delegation was most impressed with this unique opportunity

to exchange information with so.many of the lesser developed

Commonwealth countries, particularly in the field of

communicable disease control such as malaria. The

experiences of the tropical countries contributed signif­

icantly to this world-wide problem and many of their

recommendations' will be adopted by the Canadian Armed

Forces. .

(E.J. BOBYN) 28 May 1982