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Vice Chief of the Defence Force

Military Strategic Commitments Division

Military Strategic Commitments Division

Military Strategic Commitments (MSC) Division is headed by a 2-star officer (Head Military Strategic Commitments) - Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher provides the strategic level management and situational awareness of potential and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) Commitments.

MSC supports the National Crisis Management Machinery along with providing the coordinated joint military strategic input for engagement with Government, other agencies, allies and coalition partners. The Division is comprised of two branches: Military Strategic Commitments Branch and Military Strategic Effects Branch. The Division’s responsibilities encompass the ADF Parliamentary Program, Nature of Service Review and United Nations Engagement.

Head Military Strategic Commitments

Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher

Head Military Strategic Commitments Division Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher

Rear Admiral Jaimie Hatcher assumed his current appointment as Head Military Strategic Commitments in Defence in early 2019. Prior to this he served as Commander Joint Task Force 633 as the national theatre Commander for all Australian forces deployed to the Middle East region, including Afghanistan.

In previous staff appointments, Rear Admiral Hatcher has served in Fleet Headquarters as part of Sea Training Group (1999-2000); at the tactical, operational and strategic levels in operational headquarters (2018, 1998, and 2016-17 respectively); in capability development in the RAN’s Destroyer acquisition program (2008-09) and as a secondee to the National Security Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2004). At star rank, he has served as the Director General for Base Support of Australia’s Defence Force bases throughout Australia and as the Director General for Military Strategic Commitments.

Rear Admiral Hatcher is a 2003 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College with a Masters of Management in Defence Studies and the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK, in 2012. He completed a Masters of Maritime Studies in 2014 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Australian Defence Force Academy.