Head Information Communications Technology Operations
Major General Murray Thompson was appointed Head Information Communications Technology Operations (HICTO) and Strategic J6 in October 2020. As HICTO he is responsible for the integration, operation, management and security of Defence's global strategic communications capability that enable military operations and support Defence business.
Over a thirty year career, Major General Thompson has served in a range of Army units both in Australia and overseas and held staff appointments in international engagement, communications and electronic warfare, Army force design and Military Strategic Plans. In addition he has also served as an instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, peacekeeping in the Sinai and as a project manager with the Australian Agency for International Development.
His command appointments include a British Army signal squadron on exchange in Germany and Afghanistan, 1 Combat Signal Regiment in Darwin and the Force Communications Unit in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf States. More recently as a Brigadier he was Commander Defence Strategic Communications in Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group.
In 2020, before taking up his current employment, he was seconded to industry and conducted placements with Coles Group and Telstra.
He is married to Catriona, who is a general practitioner and has three children fast growing up to be adults. He is an average trail runner and enjoys delving into natural history.