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Australian Defence Magazine Podcast

Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) is dedicated to reporting the business of defence capability planning and procurement as well as reporting the development of infrastructure to support the ADF. ADM's main objective is to provide an essential communications bridge between defence industry and its single source customer, the Department of Defence. ADM also reports on the budgetary process, the policy development, the capability planning process and the procurement decisions which together provide the equipment and resources for Australia's defence force. This podcast showcases the people and topics of interest to ADM and supplements the content found in the magazine.

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Fostering the next generation of Defence Industry stars with Thales Australia, the University of Newcastle and the RobotX Challenge 2022
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Aaron Di Noia, electronics engineer, and Gavin Henry, business development manager, who are both from Thales Australia, along with Associate Professor Adrian Wills at the University of Newcastle. The discussion covers the importance of collaborating with Australian universities and supporting their students in order to expand the skillset of the next generation and advance the Defence industry. We get an insight into how Thales is currently undertaking these initiatives through the Robot X competition and their autonomous systems projects. The discussion also explores the benefits of collaboration between industry service providers, as well as the competition and legislation hurdles involved in these relationships. LINKS: RobotX Challenge 2022: robotx.org/ Thales Australia's Maritime Teams Support the Next Generation of Innovators: www.thalesgroup.com/en/australia/news/thales-australias-maritime-teams-support-next-generation-innovators ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (www.australiandefence.com.au). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Editor: Jayden Wennholz Producer: Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022
25:32 09/28/2022
Expectations for the budget and Defence Strategic Review, with ASPI's Marcus Hellyer
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), about his views on the pending Defence Strategic Review and possible impacts from the October budget. We discuss how the Labor Party may approach the review, the influence the parliamentary system has on the management of the ADF, and the impacts it has on the funding, timelines and viability of major Defence programs. Finally, we explore the challenges of defining the purpose of the ADF and establishing what types of capabilities could be prioritised. LINKS: Defence Strategic Review details announced: www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/defence-strategic-review-details-announced Defence Budget 2022-23 – a battle for influence: www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/defence-budget-2022-23-a-battle-for-influence ASPI report highlights potential funding shortfall: www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/aspi-report-highlights-potential-funding-shortfall ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Editor: Chris Visscher Producer: Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022
37:02 09/13/2022
Improving the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet readiness through Plan Galileo, with Max Kufner at Thales Australia
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Max Kufner, Vice President Above Water Systems at Thales Australia. Max discusses Thales Australia's role in Defence's Future Maritime Sustainment Model (FMSM), part of Plan Galileo for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) which is aiming to further develop Australia’s sovereign capabilities. The discussion also gives us an insight into how the RAN assess the readiness of their fleet in addition to changes in their technology and manufacturing platforms surrounding the roll out of their new vessels. Finally, Max gives a glimpse into how the challenges in the marketplace and the increased tensions in the indo-pacific impact sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy. LINKS: Sustaining Australia’s warships is key to delivering strategic and economic security www.australiandefence.com.au/sponsored/sustaining-australia-s-warships-is-key-to-delivering-strategic-and-economic-security Above Water Systems at Thales Australia www.thalesgroup.com/en/above-water-systems ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022
27:04 08/30/2022
Developing Australia’s autonomous systems and improving our sovereign capability, with Amanda Holt, CEO of SYPAQ
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Amanda Holt, CEO of SYPAQ about autonomous systems. SYPAQ is a veteran-owned business which has transformed from a professional services provider into a proven end-to-end systems integrator focused on autonomous systems. We start off by learning about the journey of SYPAQ in the Defence industry over the last 5 years, as well as their current presence in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Fishermans Bend and Rockingham. We then gain an insight into some of their projects such as their cardboard based logistics delivery drone (PPDS) and their recent man-portable small unmanned aerial system (SAUS) named CorvoX that has been submitted for LAND 129 Phase 4B. Amanda discusses the importance of sovereign capability, the rapid evolution of autonomous vehicle technology, different configurations for AI technology and operators, and the challenges of developing and implementing AI solutions. Finally, we get an update on the progress of SYPAQ’s recently opened Defence Autonomy Centre of Excellence in Fishermans Bend (DACE). LINKS: Cardboard drone, Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS): www.australiandefence.com.au/news/sypaq-gets-the-nod-for-logistics-uas  CorvoX submitted for LAND 129 Phase 4B www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/land/sypaq-submits-solution-for-land-149-phase-4b SYPAQ’s Defence Autonomy Centre of Excellence (DACE) www.australiandefence.com.au/business/sypaq-opens-defence-autonomy-centre ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022
33:23 08/23/2022
Developing the battlefield internet of things through automation and innovation, with Tim Pickford of Hanwha Defense Australia
In this episode, Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick talk with Tim Pickford, Director of Strategy & Business Development at Hanwha Defense Australia. We start off by learning about the history of HDA and their approach to servicing the Defence industry and international opportunities, most recently with armoured, tracked vehicles. The discussion then explores how HDA is working to automate their suite of vehicles, training autonomous systems, and learning to work with these systems cohesively. Tim then gives us an insight into Hanwha’s extensive portfolio of other services, including food, finance, construction and robotics. We also get a better understanding of how Hanwha is working to build a battlefield internet of things, in addition to some of their other projects surrounding improving battery technology and increasing welding performance to create armour. Finally, we wrap up by discussing the expansion of Hanwha in Australia and internationally. LINKS: Hanwha Defense Australia: www.hanwhadefense-intl.com/Australia/main Hanwha Defense: www.hanwha-defense.co.kr ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
34:19 08/11/2022
Motorola Solutions: Empowering Australian Defence with innovative, mission critical information solutions
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Alan Seymour, Director of Defence, and Greg Bouwmeester, Director of Software Solutions, at Motorola Solutions ANZ. We reflect on Motorola Solutions’ strong history of innovation and firsts, the company’s ongoing evolution into video and software and the relevance and applicability of its solutions for Australia’s Defence sector. With new solutions to overcome interoperability challenges, enhanced sovereign capability and growing investments in local recruitment, Motorola Solutions is poised for a strong future serving the Defence sector. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
33:27 07/26/2022
Securing, supporting and training SMEs to work in the Defence sector with Alan Rankins & Bret Barton of Goal Group
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Alan Rankins & Bret Barton of Goal Group who return to the ADM podcast to provide an update on their Defence Ready seminar series along with the cybersecurity and professional services they supply to the Defence Industry. We start off with an overview of what Goal Group is and how they collaborate with Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to collate their skills and experiences in order to support the Defence Industry. We also discuss Goal Group's operations and trends in the industry surrounding changes in export control, assisting SMEs, their definition of sovereign capability and policy implementation. The podcast also discusses their Defence Ready Seminars that aim to train SMEs to get them ready to work with Defence and prepare for all the nuances that come with working in the sector. We also explore the large range of business areas that support Defence, the initiative to increase the representation of women within the sector and ISO certifications. Finally, we discuss their Guardware products including Intel, Protect, Oversight that are implemented to protect companies' IP to unlock supply chains and maintain control, allowing companies to share and distribute their data safely. To learn more about the Defence Ready seminars, go to: www.goalgroup.com.au/defenceready ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
37:24 07/05/2022
Improving Indigenous representation and workforce retention in the Defence Industry with Hayden Surrao of JLB-Yaran
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Hayden Surrao of JLB-Yaran, an Indigenous and Veteran-owned professional service provider to the Defence industry. We start off by learning about the history and formation of the JLB-Yaran company, which is an Indigenous and Veteran-owned professional service provider that has undertaken a number of community initiatives and contracts supporting the Defence Industry. The discussion explores the company's primary services including professional services, their Indigenous Development and Employment Program (IDEP) and their Veteran Transition Program. We also get to discuss JLB-Yaran’s focus on quality of service over metrics, the importance of workforce retention and development, and finally, what is needed from the Defence force to better recognise the leadership of indigenous professionals. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (www.australiandefence.com.au). The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
30:03 06/28/2022
The Australian Missile Corporations bid for Australia's Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise, with Robert Nioa, Global CEO of NIOA
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Robert Nioa, Global CEO of NIOA, about the Australian Missile Corporation and its bid to become the Australian government’s strategic partner for the Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise. The discussion starts with Robert explaining the role the Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) hopes to play in the sovereign missile enterprise, the benefits it will give the Commonwealth, the challenges that will be faced and the part organisations will play in delivery of the Enterprise. We then move on to NIOA's strengths, their innovative approach and unique “best-of-breed’ business model as compared to rival bids. Robert also provides his definition of sovereign capability and how it applies to the Enterprise, along with his thoughts on the business model the Commonwealth is likely to adopt and the potential for construction of new facilities. Moving on from guided missiles, the discussion shifts to NIOA's growth strategy for the future, including the multiple Defence projects they are involved with and their vision to become Australia’s global firearms, weapons and munitions company. We wrap the episode with Robert's views on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning within missiles and defence systems, the role of humans in the loop and decision speeds required in that environment, the future of guided missiles and the balance between offensive and defensive missile systems. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
29:21 02/24/2022
Former Australian Chief of Navy, Tim Barrett, on the importance of the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition.
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with former Australian Chief of Navy, retired Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, about his new role as convenor of the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition, which will be held in Sydney from the 10th to the 12th of May this year. Tim covers the history and purpose of the exposition along with an overview of the conferences that run in conjunction. Of great importance to civil maritime organisations in addition to Defence, the event features domestic and international exhibitors and attendees from industry of all sizes, government and academia. We also discuss the event organiser, the not-for-profit AMDA Foundation, talking about their promotion of industry innovation in general and during Indo Pacific 2022. With the volume of platform acquisition and upgrade programs underway, both within Australia and regionally, this event will be of great importance to anyone involved in maritime operations. ADM Group will be at Indo-Pacific 2022 on stand 1A15. We look forward to seeing you there. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
19:33 02/22/2022
A collection of presentations from the ADM Space Summit in November 2021
This episode has been assembled using audio from some of the presentations at ADM's Space Summit held in November 2021. Given the length of the episode and the variety of presenters, we have provided time points showing where each person's audio commences. 0:01:05 Chris Hewett, General Manager for Strategy & Industry Growth at the Australian Space Agency, on developing the Australian Space Industry 0:27:47 David Ball, Regional Director at Lockheed Martin Australia Space, on delivering capability in the space domain and building Australian skills. 0:43:50 Glen Tindall, CEO for Communications Systems at EOS, on the company and their new Medium Earth Orbit satellites for inter-satellite communications system. 1:18:21 Rebecca Shrimpton, Head of Defence, Space & Infrastructure at Austrade, on trends in the global space economy, their impacts on Defence and opportunities for industry. 1:48:47 Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst at ASPI, on the threats to space assets and defending against them. At the end of some of these presentations, James Brown, CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia, asks the speaker some questions that were posted by audience members. We hope you enjoy these speakers and the information they present on the development, growth and expansion of the Australian space industry. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022
135:04 02/01/2022
Identifying the challenges & opportunities to defence industry in 2022, with Jim McDowell and Bec Humble of Nova Group
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Nova Group's Jim McDowell, Group Chief Executive Officer and Bec Humble, Group Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs, about how they see 2022 developing for defence industry and Nova Group. We start the episode with a discussion on the geopolitical changes in our regional environment with tensions between the USA and China, a worsening threat environment and increased defence spend by most countries in the region. Jim and Bec provide their thoughts on the major issues to watch during 2022 including China's claim on Taiwan, the USA's reduced ability to project force in multiple conflicts, new security alliances and the growing nationalism within the region. The discussion moves on to the importance of Test and Evaluation, Certification, and Assurance across all aspects of defence industry, the growth of cyber and Australia's ability to defend assets against the various levels of attack being experienced. This leads to the topic of sovereignty, a comparison of policies used by the USA, France and the UK to manage their sovereign defence industries and the approaches Australia should take to develop sovereignty in the most suitable industries. We wrap the episode with a review of workforce challenges, applying the lessons learned during the pandemic and expectations for workforce development in 2022 and beyond. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Editor - Chris Visscher Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
27:51 11/23/2021
Reviewing over 100 Years of Australian Military Air Power, with Stewart Wilson
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Stewart Wilson, aviation historian and author, about the history of military air power in Australia. The content of this episode supplements Stewart's article on the RAAF's history in the November issue of Australian Defence Magazine. We start the episode with a review of Stewart's publishing history, including his "In Australian Service" series of books along with editing and publishing the Aero Australia magazine, before then moving on to discuss the birthplace of military aviation in Australia: Point Cook in Victoria. The discussion briefly covers the history of Point Cook, its near closure prior to being saved and the heritage organisations within the RAAF. Heading back to the Australian Flying Corps, we discuss some famous names and their roles after WW1 then talk of the time between WW1 and WW2, where the RAAF was almost wound up, the amazing coastline survey and the Salmond report which lead to the, eventual, restructuring of the RAAF. This leads to a discussion of the urgent need for modern aircraft in WW2 and the growth of local aircraft production which continued into the 1980s then was all but lost. Returning to WW2, we discuss the RAAF Sunderlands and crews flying in the UK during the war, the RAF's Article 15 squadrons, Australians serving with the RAF in other squadrons and the Empire Air Training Scheme. Meanwhile, closer to home there was plenty of action in the Pacific theatre with the defence of Port Moresby, the Milne Bay victory, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the notorious Morotai Mutiny. The discussion then moves to Korea which saw the first combat use of a jet for the RAAF before moving on to Vietnam where the Australian reputation for punching above their weight came to the fore, covering the Caribous and Wallaby Airlines plus the Canberras having a sortie rate well above that of the USA's B-57s. We also cover the interim lease of F-4 Phantoms while waiting for the F-111s, the transition of RAAF helicopters to Army and a look to the future with unmanned systems and the modern network centric approach to warfare. We wrap the episode with a quick plug for Stewart's RAAF Centenary 1921-2021 eBook, which can be accessed from the https://aeroaustraliamag.com (aeroaustraliamag.com) website. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
41:49 11/07/2021
Driving Australian Industry Capability for Hanwha's Huntsman & Redback projects and beyond, with Millie Keating
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Millie Keating, Industrial Development Unit Manager at Hanwha Defense Australia, about the Australian Industry Capability associated with the Huntsman and Redback projects. We start the episode with a quick review of Millie's career to date and her work at Hanwha, which moves into an overview of Hanwha's approach to AIC, their strategy for engaging with suppliers and supplying to Korea and other countries, not just Australia. Millie then provides information about some of the companies in Australia already engaged with Hanwha and their involvement within the supply chain. The discussion provides more information about the current status of Hanwha's AIC program, some of the activities in progress to secure additional opportunities and the assistance Hanwha is providing Australian organisations to help them prepare for working with Defence. This leads to a review of future opportunities for suppliers in Hanwha's Defence projects and the many projects Hanwha is engaged in outside of Defence. We wrap the episode with a look at the benefits to Hanwha from being involved with Australian industry, how their strategy for expansion within Australia was developed and the importance of developing the Defence industry, including education, training and marketing the benefits of careers in the industry. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
21:01 10/19/2021
L3Harris Australia: seamless networks, autonomy and the Peregrine, with Alan Clements
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Alan Clements, managing director of L3Harris' Australian operations about integrated communications, autonomous vehicles and the new Peregrine platform. We start the episode talking about the importance of integrated communications networks that support a multi-level Defence environment, L3Harris' work in that area and the opportunities being made available through their Brisbane support facility. This leads to a review of the top three challenges to achieving a networked force and the need to have collaboration designed in from the beginning. The conversation moves on to the Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, its capabilities, the opportunities L3Harris has identified for Iver in Australia and their involvement with academia on the development of autonomous vessels. We then shift to the RAAF's new MC-55A Peregrine ISREW aircraft, its general capabilities, how it will interact with other ADF platforms and the integration of information to provide usable battlefield knowledge. Alan also talks about the transfer of knowledge and technology to Australia, balancing AIC against ITAR and the challenge associated with keeping Peregrine updated over the course of its life. We wrap the episode by looking at the future for L3Harris in Australia, including Alan's priorities over the years ahead. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
28:11 09/28/2021
PFG Group making waves in Tasmania with HDPE and their Sentinel tactical watercraft
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Robert Inches, CEO of PFG Group, and Rear Admiral (ret) Steven Gilmore, Defence Advocate within the Tasmanian state government, about PFG's work with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), their watercraft and their recent contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy. We start the episode with a review of PFG's history, their products and the Sentinel tactical watercraft. We also look at Tasmania's challenging sea conditions and the importance of the ocean to many of the state's industries. The discussion then moves to the properties of HDPE and the benefits it brings to vessels made from this material along with PFG's 25 years of experience building HDPE boats. Robert then talks about some of their existing clients and the experiences and successes they've had using PFG's boats. Robert then confirms that PFG have recently signed a contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy to provide them with Sentinel watercraft, leading to the company hiring more people and achieving their goal of becoming a Defence provider. He also provides advice for SMEs looking to engage with Defence based on the lessons they have learned to date. Steven notes that this contract demonstrates the benefits Tasmania can provide for Defence work, ranging from working with Primes through to supplying whole of capability where suitable. He then provides information about the specific benefits HDPE craft can provide in a Defence environment, including easier in-situ repairs than other materials and its suitability for mine counter measures, hydrographic survey and covert operations. We wrap the episode with a discussion of the in-roads PFG is making with the Australian Defence Force and their involvement with autonomous water vessel projects. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
26:46 09/14/2021
The Goal Group on Defence Readiness and expanding into International markets
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Alan Rankins and Bret Barton from Goal Group, Australia's largest collaboration of SME organisations. The discussion starts with Alan & Bret talking about their Defence and industry careers and how their experiences lead to the formation of Goal Group, a veteran owned company with the view of "many minds, one goal." This leads to a review of Goal Group's Defence Ready seminars which address the need for SMEs to learn how to deal with the Australian Defence Force through practical training, not just theory. After reviewing the 13 seminar topics being offered by the programme and the benefits to be obtained from each one, the discussion addresses the main challenges, opportunities and support programmes for an SME wanting to export to other defence markets. Alan and Bret also discuss the changes they've seen over the past five to ten years with industry engagement and how the Defence global supply chain operates. We wrap up the episode with observations on working with the Defence primes along with the importance of using support and grant programs to bridge the funding gaps in often slow Defence processes. The final points are on the importance of differentiating your SME from others, especially for the International market. You can find more about the Defence Ready seminars at: www.hunterdefence.org.au/defenceready You can contact the Goal Group via 02 4967 4500 or at: www.goalgroup.com.au ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
39:09 08/17/2021
Nanosized metasurfaces can revolutionise night vision
In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Andrei Komar, a research fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Physics, about a revolutionary new technology that could dramatically improve low light vision systems. The discussion opens with a review of Andrei's career to date and his current role at ANU. We also review the difference between image intensifiers and near infrared as compared to thermal imaging systems that work in far infrared and require cryogenic cooling to operate. From this we progress to a discussion of metasurfaces and the production of nanoscale products that are smaller than the wavelength of light, allowing researchers to develop a lattice on a film that converts near-infrared to visible light with the assistance of a laser. This leads to a discussion on the collaborative approach used to develop this technology and how the metasurface approach augments vision rather than replacing it with screens on boxes that block vision. We review the potential for using this technology in military and civilian environments before returning to assess the demonstration system's current capability and resolution. We also discuss the effort required to transition the demonstrator to a prototype, including the involvement of the Australian Research Council and industry to bring funds plus engineering talent that can help accelerate the process. We wrap the episode noting that while this technology is currently in the demonstration phase, the transition from fundamental research to commercial engineering will allow the technology to leap ahead of current systems, providing a major advantage to any commercial organisation involved. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
39:39 07/20/2021
The Land Forces' Sovereign Defence Industry Breakfast Panel
In this episode, we present the Sovereign Defence Industry Breakfast Panel from the Land Forces event held in Brisbane on Wednesday 3rd of June. Moderated by Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of Australian Defence Magazine, the panel featured Rob Nioa, Managing Director & Founder of Nioa, Jon Hawkins, CEO of Omni Executive and Jim McDowell, CEO of Nova Systems. The discussion started with the panellists giving their views on sovereignty and recommendations for how Defence industry can align with the government's Sovereign Industry Capability Priorities. This then moved on to observations on industry's ability to meet the increased rate of development and the sate of manufacturing in Australia. The discussion wraps with identifying the implementation gaps that must be addressed by government, Defence and industry in order to meet the SICPs, including necessary investment in Australian industry. This was an enlightening discussion and of great interest to the Defence industry. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
36:58 06/09/2021
Discussing the growth of private equity in the Defence industry with Mark Stevens from Arican
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick, Associate Editor for ADM, talk with Mark Stevens from Arican on the growing involvement of private equity in Defence industry. We start with Mark summarising his career from uniform into Defence industry and on to establishing Arican. This leads into a discussion on the increased activity in the Defence industry, the opportunities and challenges of dealing with Defence and how private equity can assist Defence industry. Mark also identifies the importance of helping the large pool of private equity funds learn about Defence industry and identifying opportunities where the goals of various funds can align with those of Australian Defence SMEs. We then discuss how engagement with a private equity fund can bring more than just capital, including active management to help an SME develop and grow, which leads to assessing how private equity manages its exit strategies within Defence industry. Mark outlines how Defence industry can engage with private equity funds, the challenge of addressing classified information and the importance of aligning the fund's goals with those of the business. The episode wraps up with a discussion of private equity's ability to increase Australia's sovereign capability within Defence industry and its potential role in growing new Australian primes. Mark also notes the need for Defence to improve its engagement with Australian primes. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
32:05 06/08/2021
Derek Osborn discusses the many aspects of Ventia within Defence
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, talk with Derek Osborn, Group Executive Defence and Social Infrastructure for Ventia. We start by discussing Ventia's use of big data in logistics and maintenance operations while meeting Defence security's requirements. This leads into bringing lessons learned from non-Defence clients on to Defence projects, such as their approach to asset management. We then review Ventia's engagement with Joint Logistics Command including vehicle maintenance as well as operating Defence's clothing stores. The conversation moves on to Ventia's involvement with projects from ship building all the way through to space and their focus on STEM training and graduate opportunities. Derek notes that Defence is very aware that the lowest price is not always the best option and that supply chain security, surety of supply and local industry engagement are important considerations when evaluating tenders. How outsourced support and maintenance can work in a military environment where forward deployed operations often involve dangers not typically encountered in the civilian world is examined. We wrap up by discussing Ventia's current tenders with Defence, their associated AIC plans and Ventia's involvement with PFAS remediation in Defence and civilian projects. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021
32:32 04/05/2021
Talking about Bell Helicopters' ongoing commitment to Australia's Defence sector with Dan McQuestin
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, talk with Dan McQuestin, Business Development Director for Bell responsible for Australia, NZ & PNG. Our discussion includes a history of Bell's products in Australia and, specifically, with Army Aviation who have operated Bell products for all but the last two years since its inception 50 years ago. Dan also reviews the Bell 429 which is being proposed by both Babcock and Hawker Pacific as a solution to Army Aviaton Special Forces' rotary wing program (Land 2097). Dan also talks about the AH-1Z Viper, a modern, marinised version of the AH-1 in service with the US Marines and under consideration to meet Army Aviation's ARH Tiger replacement program (Land 4503). Bell have teamed with BAE Systems Australia to supply and support in Australian service the Viper should it be selected. We then discuss the importance of global teaming and establishing well developed partnerships with local companies to support Bell equipment in civilian & Defence operations. Dan notes how local partnering can lead to a number of opportunities for Australian industry to support and build on the two new Army Aviation programs. Looking beyond the current programs, we also discuss the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program in the US where Bell has put forward the V-280 Valor tilt rotor for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and the Bell 360 Invictus for the Future Attack Reconnaisance Aircraft (FARA). Both products have potential to meet future Army Aviation requirements as they are expected to be modelled on the FVL program. Dan explains how Bell have established a central, global command centre using information provided by Bell and partner organisations around the world to assist with monitoring operations and managing maintenance. Thanks to the use of this information and predictive analysis, Bell have been able to increase availability of their helicopters from 80% up to 96%. We wrap up the episode by stepping through some of Bell's innovative work behind new and developing products, including the lift enhancing sculptured tail boom on the Bell 525, the Autonomous Pod Transport logistics drone and the electrically distributed anti-torque system recently trialled on a Bell 429. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website http://www.australiandefence.com.au/ (www.australiandefence.com.au) or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
24:51 12/01/2020
Neuromorphic sensors, Plan Jericho and the linkage between Western Sydney University and the RAAF
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, talk with Associate Professor Greg Cohen, Program Lead for the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems at Western Sydney University and GPCAPT Lyle Holt, Director - Plan Jericho for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). We start the episode by discussing neuromorphic imaging and its applications in the field of astronomy, the concept demonstrator that's been developed within a shipping container and the project's involvement with Plan Jericho, including how Greg's team made the connection with the RAAF. Greg walks us through how the initial meeting with Plan Jericho lead to the concept demonstration program and how that, in turn, developed the concept into the field of deployable Space Situational Awareness. Following a discussion of other opportunities for neuromorphic vision systems, Lyle explains the purpose behind the RAAF's Project Jericho and provides an example of one of the many projects they're currently progressing. He also notes Project Jericho's use of rapid prototyping, its links into academia and the EDGY Air Force initiative that helps to identify opportunities for new solutions to existing issues. We wrap up with Western Sydney University's engagement with other groups thanks to this project and the opportunities offered through Project Jericho. For more information about the Astrosite neuromorphic system, WSU have released a video walk through that demonstrates it in operation. You can access the video using the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KFibR0IV-E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KFibR0IV-E) ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website http://www.australiandefence.com.au/ (www.australiandefence.com.au) or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
25:16 11/17/2020
MAJGEN (ret) Liz Cosson discusses her career in Army and current role as Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, talk with MAJGEN (ret) Liz Cosson, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs and 2019 inductee to the ADM Women in Defence Awards Hall of Fame. We discuss Liz's career in Army, her work at DVA and her advice for the next group of leaders. In 1979, Liz along with 32 other women attended the Women's Royal Army Corps School, undergoing the same training routine as male recruits. By the end of the year, 21 graduated as Army officers. We discuss Liz's career in Army, the hurdles she faced, the mentoring she received and the organisational changes that have occurred since 1979 to accommodate women as equals within Army. After retiring as a Major General, Liz moved into the Australian Public Service, working at a variety of positions before taking on the role of Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. We discuss her experiences, the lessons DVA has learned, the establishment of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention and the work being performed to reduce complexity and improve service to veterans. We wrap up the episode with Liz providing advice for the next group of leaders and the importance of having mentors, champions and networks. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
28:29 10/19/2020
Shireane McKinnie, the inaugural ADM Women In Defence Hall of Fame inductee
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, talk with Shireane McKinnie, the inaugural ADM Women in Defence Awards Hall of Fame inductee. Shireane discusses her career in engineering and Defence, from her studies at university and first engineering roles through to her experiences with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). Originally intended to be a short term opportunity, Shireane soon discovered that she enjoyed working with Defence and remained with DMO for over 15 years. During this time she proceeded into senior management roles, including Head of Electronic and Weapon Systems Division, Head of Acquisition & Sustainment Reform and General Manager of Joint Systems and Air Group. Throughout the discussion, Shireane provides many examples of fighting against generally held limitations against women in engineering and engineers as program managers. She also discusses how she was able to balance her family and her career which eventually included taking on a mentoring role to help others succeed. Shireane's career and experiences to date provide inspiration to many while also demonstrating why she was chosen to be the inaugural inductee into the Hall of Fame in 2018. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website http://www.australiandefence.com.au/ (www.australiandefence.com.au) or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
27:56 09/14/2020
Cybersecurity discussion with Jack Koons & Ashwin Pal from Unisys
In this Episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, are joined by Jack Koons & Ashwin Pal from Unisys to discuss cybersecurity. You can find biographical information for Jack and Ashwin at the links below: Jack: https://www.unisys.com/offerings/security-solutions/thought%2520leader/jack-koons-id-4686 (https://www.unisys.com/offerings/security-solutions/thought%20leader/jack-koons-id-4686) Ash: https://www.unisys.com/offerings/security-solutions/thought%2520leader/ashwin-pal-id-4019 (https://www.unisys.com/offerings/security-solutions/thought%20leader/ashwin-pal-id-4019) The discussion covers a number of cybersecurity topics, including the lessons learned from standing up the US Cyber Command and how they can be applied to Australian Defence and Industry. An important lesson has been that in addition to have access, authority, a trained team and tools, it is vital to have a well rehearsed approval chain established to allow action to be taken promptly. A key topic that is raised frequently during the discussion is the concept of resilience, which includes acknowledging that cyber incidents will happen; organisations need to ensure they can contain the infection or hacking, protect their data and recover quickly. The recently released Australian Cyber Security Strategy identifies resilience and intelligence as important aspects of the future cyber environment and involves multiple levels of government, business and the community. Everybody needs to be involved to have resilience. The importance of the cybersecurity basics are highlighted, including ASD’s Essential Eight mitigation strategies to help secure your systems. Additional topics include strategic planning, the continuing use of social engineering to attack systems, the need to focus on identity within your system, ASD no longer setting cyber standards and the importance of identifying your data flows and protecting them. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website http://www.australiandefence.com.au/ (www.australiandefence.com.au) or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
40:26 08/17/2020
Geoff Plummer from Davcor discusses the EVVA 4KS security key system
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, discuss the EVVA 4KS maximum security key system and the role of physical locks as part of a layered security system with Geoff Plummer from Davcor Group Pty Ltd. Geoff explains how the design of the patented 4KS keys ensures that their locks are less prone to environmental issues when compared to standard keys, making them ideal for typical Defence environments with dirt, dust, salt and other debris. He also notes that the keys themselves are of high strength and their design reduces opportunities for keys to be duplicated while the large number of coding combinations (in the billions) facilitates establishment of key trees that map to a location's security area requirements. We discuss the existing usage of 4KS keys in Defence, within Defence Industry and also in other locations including councils and private industry. We also cover the fact that EVVA 4KS is commonly used in conjunction with access control systems. Even though the front door of a site has access control during the day, EVVA 4KS is the maximum security option for night time lock out. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
27:00 08/10/2020
Senator David Fawcett and John Blackburn discuss Australia's supply chain vulnerability
In this episode, Grant McHerron and Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, meet with Senator David Fawcett, Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade and John Blackburn, Chair of the Institute of Integrated Economic Research-Australia (IIER). They discuss areas of Australia's supply chains that have critical vulnerabilities to disruption, as the current COVID pandemic is exposing globally. A key element raised during the discussion is the need for whole of system assessments with an open and broad assessment of the associated risks and vulnerabilities. Examples are provided in the fuel and medical environments where a focus on a single aspect has resulted in a potentially unusable solution due to a lack of supporting products. Topics covered include the need for sovereign capability in critical areas, establishing trusted supply chains, maintaining the ability to verify compliance of delivered products and the acknowledgement nationwide that additional cost will be incurred in order to obtain that resilience. The discussion also notes that many of these changes will not be possible without Commonwealth procurement rules being modified to include a consideration of supply chain resilience in the value for money assessment. To help address these vulnerabilities, national resilience workshops are being run by the IIER with participants from industry, unions, government and community groups in order to identify steps that should be taking towards establishing this resilience, not only in Australia but with our regional partners including NZ and Indonesia. Long term changes in government, corporate and consumer behaviour will be required to survive not only the current COVID pandemic but also impacts from future issues from other unexpected sources. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
31:34 07/20/2020
Brent Clark from the Australian Industry & Defence Network
In this episode, Grant McHerron meets with Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, and Brent Clark, the CEO of the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN). They discuss AIDN's history of state-level branches and its recently established AIDN National which provides a single voice for lobbying government on behalf of Defence SMEs. Brent explains the benefit of AIDN, the services it provides and the assistance available for members, including education for SMEs regarding the obligations they have when dealing with Defence and Primes, guidance to Primes regarding working with SMEs and advocacy with government and Primes. Given AIDN's engagement with the Defence Industry, the discussion also covers Australian Industry Capability (AIC) and the investment in local industry that should occur within Defence's current mega-projects. This includes ensuring that the Australian taxpayer obtains a return on the sizeable investment of funds along with allowing Australian industry to compete with foreign providers on a level playing ground. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website http://www.australiandefence.com.au/ (www.australiandefence.com.au) or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
25:26 07/13/2020
ASPI discusses COVID-19's impact on Australia's Defence funding & the changing strategic environment
In this episode, Grant McHerron meets with Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, and Dr Marcus Hellyer & Dr Malcolm Davies from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) for a lively discussion on topics relating to government funding of Defence, the changing strategic environment and the impacts on both due to COVID-19. Commencing with Defence funding, Dr Hellyer reviews the government's apparent commitment to 2% of GDP for funding, along with the 2016 Defence White Paper's minimum spend levels. We also discuss historical examples of Defence funding since WW2, impacts on funding from previous recessions and the impact of sustainment costs. Moving on to the strategic environment, Dr Davies considers that we are in a period of strategic warning with China increasing its global presence which, in turn, will put significant pressure on our Defence funding that may create difficulties for government budgeting. We also discuss public awareness of the changing strategic situation, the potential for the USA to reduce its presence in our area and the increase in political & intelligence operations being experienced. The strategic discussion segways towards the possible transition from large, expensive platforms to asymmetric, networked collections of less expensive assets and the increasing use of autonomous unmanned systems. We then wrap up with a discussion on supply chain security, Australian Industry Capability and why doing everything in Australia may not be the optimum solution going forward. ------------------ The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title. The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer. If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved. Hosted by Grant McHerron Producer - Steve Visscher Australian Defence Magazine - 2020
39:17 07/06/2020