Chief Capability Development Group

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Chief Capability Development Group (CCDG)
Lieutenant General John Caligari

since 2014
Style Vice Admiral / Lieutenant General / Air Marshal
Term length (nominally) Three years (renewable)
Inaugural holder Lieutenant General David Hurley

The Chief of Capability Development Group (CCDG) is head of the Australian Department of Defence's Capability Development Group (CDG). This position was created in December 2003, and to-date has been occupied by a 3 star officer of the Australian Defence Force.

Capability Development Group[edit]

The role of the Capability Development Group (CDG) is to develop and gain Government approval for future defence capabilities. The CDG has a close relationship with the Defence Materiel Organisation and oversees the implementation of Defence Procurement Review recommendations.

As sponsor, CDG is responsible for developing capability proposals consistent with strategic priorities, funding guidance, legislation and policy, for consideration and approval by Government. In particular, the work of the Group focuses on:

  • Defence's Major Capability Expenditure (MCE) investment program;[1] and
  • Capability Definition, comprising the Needs Phase and the Requirements Phase of the Capability Development process.

CCDG, along with the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF), the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and the Chief Defence Scientist (CDS), (all are 3 star level positions), comprise the Owner Support Executives. They report to the "diarchy": the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and the Secretary, Department of Defence.

Department heads[edit]

  • Head Capability System: Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld, DSC
  • First assistant secretary capability investment & resources: Michael Gibson
  • Assistant secretary capability & plans: Ben Coleman
  • Executive director group support: Warren Nelson
  • Director-General Australian defence test & evaluation office: CAPT John Renwick, RAN

Chief Capability Development Group[edit]

Rank Name Post-
Time in
Lieutenant General Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AODSC Army December 2003 September 2007 3 years, 274 days
Vice Admiral Tripovich, MattMatt Tripovich AOCSCRAN RAN September 2007 October 2010 3 years, 30 days
Air Marshal Harvey , JohnJohn Harvey AM RAAF October 2010 November 2011 1 year, 31 days
Vice Admiral Jones , PeterPeter Jones AODSCRAN RAN November 2011 31 October 2014 2 years, 365 days
Lieutenant General Caligari , JohnJohn Caligari AODSC Army 31 October 2014 incumbent 0 years, 348 days
David Hurley


John Caligari Peter Jones (admiral) John Harvey (RAAF officer) Matt Tripovich David Hurley

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Major" here means: equipment projects
    • of $20 million or more, or
    • of less than $20 million, but with individual items of $1 million or more, or
    • equipment projects of less than $20 million with strategic significance