Case Study | Rapid Acquisition & Development

Jun 06
Season of Productivity and Implementation


Attend our Defence Community of Practice event and join former Army Warrant Officer Tony MacKay as he presents a case study on Project Paladin. Find out some of the lessons learnt, and issues he faced along the way to implement this successful project.

Project Paladin was a high risk, rapid acquisition and development project to supply the Australian Army's Reconstruction Task Force in Afghanistan with state of the art ballistically protected (armoured) engineering plant vehicles. This was implemented on time, under budget and far exceeded all expectation. The project delivered a total of 14 vehicles in six variants in only 8 months with all vehicles achieving a minimum 94% ballistic seal. The projects also delivered a full suite of technical documentation including operator, technical, and repair parts manuals as well as Integrated Logistic Support Instructions (ILSI). The plant vehicles delivered by this project where central to the initial operations in the War Against Terror in Afghanistan and ensured the safety of Australian Army Engineers on Operation Slipper.

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Tony MacKay Tony is a CPPD with more than 30 years of experience in Engineering, Logistics and Portfolio, Program & Project Management. He served more than 20 years in the Australian Regular Army within the Corp of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) and discharged in mid-2008 as an Artificer Sergeant Major. Amongst his postings, Tony held senior engineering and project management positions where he specialised in Systems Engineering and RAM.  On leaving the Armed Forces, he specialised in public sector governance, risk and compliance (GRC), quality management systems and organisational change management and held several senior leadership positions within the Federal Government including as the Chief of Staff and at ARPANSA. He has also been a member of the Federal Government’s Portfolio, Program & Project Management Community of Practice and the Senior Procurement Officials Reference Group. 

Tony MacKay

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