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Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary, Department of Defence, 16 September 2010


Dr Ian Watt AO addressed a CEO Boardroom event for 22 senior business executives where he discussed ”Delivering Force 2030 and the Defence Strategic Reform Program”. This CEO boardroom event was generously hosted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Message Stick.

The Defence Organisation is critical to Australia’s security and international responsibilities - and is big business. It has personnel deployed on operations and exercises throughout Australia and the world including in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, in various United Nations operations, and in multi-national exercises.

So how will Defence adapt to the new century?

There are few more qualified civil servants in Australia or internationally to steer the ADF through its strategic overhaul than Dr Ian Watt AO who was appointed Secretary of the Department of Defence on 31 August 2009.

Dr Watt has held numerous Government positions including Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation (2002-2009); Secretary of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Executive Coordinator of the Economic, Industry and Resources Policy Group; First Assistant Secretary of Economic Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and Minister (Economic) at the Embassy of Australia in Washington for two-and-a-half years.

Dr Watt is the former chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Party of Senior Budget Officials, and former chair of the OECD Asian Senior Budget Officials.

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