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Vice Chief of the Defence Force

Force Integration Division

Force Integration Division

Force Integration Division's role is to execute the Joint Capability Management, Command, Control, Communications, Computer Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Design Authority, Joint Test and Evaluation, and Integration and Interoperability assurance roles on behalf of the VCDF.

It does this in close cooperation with Force Design Division, the Services, Groups, other Government Agencies, Allies and industry to implement and assure this design within the Joint Force.

Acting Head Force Integration

Brigadier J.C. Beesley, DSM

Head Force Integration

Brigadier Jonathon Beesley was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Tasmania in 1992, he entered the Officer Cadet School New Zealand, graduating in December 1993 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Brigadier Beesley took up his current appointment as Commander of the Joint Counter Improvised Threat Task Force in September 2017.

Brigadier Beesley’s career has been characterised by command and staff appointments in Special Operations Command, Army Headquarters and Joint Headquarters. Brigadier Beesley attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2007. This marked a transition to appointments at the operational and strategic level including Staff Officer Grade One - The Army Plan (2009-10), Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (2011-12), Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Task Group - Afghanistan (2013) and Chief of Staff Joint Capability Coordination Division (2014-15).

Brigadier Beesley has deployed on numerous operations, commanding at the Troop, Squadron, Task Group and Task Force level. He has also deployed within Coalition Joint Headquarters, most recently as the CJ5 Plans Director in the NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (2016). His operational experience also extends to the domestic whole of Government environment.

Brigadier Beesley has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in action in Afghanistan. He has also been awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation, a United States Bronze Star Medal and United States Defence Meritorious Service Medal.

Brigadier Beesley attended the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2017 and holds post-graduate qualifications in the form of a Masters of Arts (Strategy and Management) from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Defence studies and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brigadier Beesley is married to Marish and they have three school age children. Interests include surfing, trail running, and watching Australian Rules football and rugby union.