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Publication of Implementation Plan for Report of the Commission on the Defence Forces

The Detailed Implementation Plan for the Report of the Commission on the Defence Forces has been published.

This is another step in the transformation of the Defence Forces and builds on the publication of the Commission Report itself in February 2022, the High-Level Action Plan (HLAP) in July 2022 and the Early Actions Update published in March 2023. This plan sets out an ambitious programme of work, to move to ‘Level of Ambition 2’ (LOA 2) by 2028 and the significant and fundamental change for the Defence Forces across the Commission’s recommendations spanning:

  • Strategic HR and Cultural Change
  • New Command and Control and Joint Structures to be established
  • Services to be reformed and restructured
  • Reserve Defence Force to be revitalised
  • Joint Capability Development to be implemented

Against the reality of the current global and European threat landscape, it is more important than ever that Ireland has a well-functioning, professional and well-equipped Defence Forces.

Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Seán Clancy welcomes the publication, “the publication of this Detailed Implementation Plan for the Report of the Commission on the Defence Forces (CoDF) is a very important step on the journey of transformative change of our Defence Forces, which builds on the progress that both the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence have already achieved since the Commission’s report was published in February 2022. Delivery of the actions set out will bring challenges but the significant progress being made to date, the dedication of our personnel and the oversight structures, which have been put in place to support delivery, give us great confidence that the transformational change required will be delivered.”

Defence Forces Head of Transformation Brian Molloy stated, “the Detailed Implementation Plan sets out and an ambitious timetable to achieve the Government’s objective of reaching Level of Ambition 2 capability by 2028. Its represents the culmination of months of intensive work by the Defence Forces and Department of Defence and stakeholder engagement.”

The Defence Forces and the Department of Defence are both totally committed to this transformation of the Defence Forces into a modern fit for purpose organisation to defend the State and meet the challenges of today and the future.

Source: Defence Forces

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