Australia’s Department of Defence (Defense) is responsible for the protection of 23 million people and the nation’s interests. Defense encompasses the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, along with a Reservist force and Departmental organizations. With an annual budget of A$26 billion (US$26.9 billion), and 101,000 active personnel and reservists, the organization supports operations within Australia and worldwide.
Defense is currently putting Force 2030 in place, a comprehensive plan to build the defense force of the future and support mission critical systems. To achieve this goal, Defense is implementing the Strategic Reform Program which identifies savings and reinvests funds into the organization. A key part of the program is to reduce IT costs by A$1.9 billion (US$1.96 billion) over the next decade.