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26 February 2007
Images from Operation ASTUTE

A team from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is conducting an initial scoping visit to Timor Leste. The purpose of the visit is to determine the feasibility of establishing an Operational Analysis Team as part of the Joint Task Force 631, Operation ASTUTE.

If established, this Team will be able to provide a unique problem solving tool for commanders in the field. This will include a comprehensive trend, logistic, and lessons learnt analysis capability, and thereby enhancing the decision making process of deployed commanders.

Operation ASTUTE is the Australian Government's response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste to assist in restoring peace to their country.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed to Timor-Leste with a mission to assist the Government and the United Nations to bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese to allow them to resolve their differences democratically and peacefully.

Following a general improvement in the security situation and the establishment of a comprehensive commercial logistic support contract, logistic elements of the ADF no longer required for these duties have returned to Australia, leaving about 800 ADF personnel in Timor-Leste. This force will remain in Timor-Leste continuing to provide a robust response capability to support the United Nations Police force.

Police from Australia and 24 other nations throughout the world provide security in Dili. The ADF provides support to these police operations as required.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.