Top recommendations from Afghan war report

Rebecca Gredley
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MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BRERETON INQUIRY

CHARGES

* Twenty-three incidents involving 19 people be referred to the Australian Federal Police for criminal investigation

AMMUNITION

* There was credible information soldiers procured and used small arms ammunition and grenades, which were not formally authorised by chain of command or didn't have technical approval for use

* All relevant policies should be reviewed to ensure new weapons and ammunition can't be used operationally prior to receiving chain of command and technical approval

* Training reviewed to ensure the law of armed conflict is sufficiently focused on

DOGS

* It's likely dogs were used to inflict injuries on Afghan nationals, but no specific incidents were identified

* A clear doctrine be promoted on the permissible use of military working dogs, particularly in regards to their use in tactical questioning

FURTHER ASSESSMENTS

* A 2010 and multiple 2012 incidents be referred to the inspector-general for further assessment

* A special office be set up to continue work on unfinished business in the report

* The 'Afghanistan Inquiry Legacy Cell' would have access to the inquiry's evidence and processes

ORGANISATION AND CULTURAL ISSUES

* Australia should retain operational command over its deployed forces rather than assigning it to other entities

* Special forces should not be treated as the default 'force of first choice' for deployment, except for irregular and unconventional operations

* Professional review of appropriate time between operational deployments be undertaken

* Every member of the Special Operations Command be educated on causes of war crimes

* Selection and training should include practical ethical decision-making scenarios

* It should be clearly promoted that the need for secrecy on operational matters does not extend to criminal conduct, with an obligation to notify and report it

OVERSIGHT

* There should be access to an alternative reporting line separate from chain of command, to report or discuss concerns about suspected unlawful behaviour

* Special forces should have to wear and use helmet or body cameras

AWARDS

* Revoke the award of meritorious unit citation to the Special Operations Training Group taskforce 66

* Review awards of those in command positions at troop, squadron and task group level during the relevant rotations

* Review awards of those in command positions in the SAS during 2008 to 2012

(Source: Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report)