BEING THE ‘FIRST RESPONDER’

 
 
 

The complex security challenges of the future require the PNGDF to have a balanced force that can respond to a variety of contingencies simultaneously and at short notice. Examples of the types of civil emergency contingencies that will require an immediate response are:

• Disaster relief;
• Humanitarian assistance;
• An immediate threat to national security such as an act of terrorism, piracy,
• sabotage, hostage and hijack; and
• A Nuclear, Biological or Chemical (NBC) contingency.

The PNGDF is to structure an Incident Response element that can deploy at short notice and it must have the following capability:

• Command and control element with a clear line of joint and inter-agency communication;
• Security Element with LRR, strike, CT, demolition, hostage rescue and antihijack
• capability;
• ICT that can effect secure strategic, operational and tactical communications;
• Health capability;
• Preventive Med capability;
• Engineer mobility, survivability and stabilisation capability;
• EOD and Engineer high and low risk search;
• Search and rescue;
• Aero medical;
• NBC protection; and
• Land, air and maritime manoeuvre systems.

In accordance with the NSP, call out for the PNGDF will be restricted to assisting the RPNGC for the maintenance of law and order and international contingencies. PNGDF response to all other emergencies will be authorised by the NSC.

The process for call out and the mechanism for inter-agency coordination must conform to NSP guidance and the PNGDF Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is the lead element in effecting and maintaining inter-agency coordination. To build its ‘First Responder’ capability, the PNGDO is to enhance its requisitioning component of response, establish service level agreements, upgrade its state of readiness, and effect the requisite adjustments to its Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Operational Contingency funds will be established under the discretion of the NSC and the Commander