Dr. Kalloniatis (senior Defence operations analyst) provided an overview of the new 5th-generation headquarters being implemented in Australia. He compared this to the more traditional 4th-generation headquarters which are currently in use. Additionally, he highlighted the ways in which the operational environment has evolved in recent years, leading to the need for new types of headquarters that can adapt to these changes. The major difference in this design compared to the 4th-generation headquarters is that the staff cognitively moves instead of the products. This process increases agility within the headquarters. The fifth-generation headquarters is powered by Integrated Operations Teams (IOTs). These teams are constantly cycling through planning, executing, and reviewing their operation.
The implementation of fifth-generation military headquarters poses significant challenges, one of which involves the difficulty of transforming C2. Another important challenge is ensuring interoperability between the new generation of headquarters and partner headquarters in other nations, as they may have different designs and operating procedures. As this is a new way of working, cooperating with others presents challenges, though the IOT design of the fifth-generation headquarters provides the means for linking to other partners. Dr. Kalloniatis therefore encourages everyone who sees merit in this new system to pass on the idea, or to provide feedback to help improve the design.