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Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia

SpeedCast and Airbus Defence and Space join hands to manage the Anchor Centre for Skynet in Adelaide

17th May 2016 | Read more

ECLIPSE counter-IED system to enter into service within the French forces

The counter-IED system developed by Thales is soon to enter into service within the French armed forces.

17th May 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Welcomes Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy

“Northrop Grumman welcomes the delivery of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and recognises its commitment to strengthening Australia’s cyber defence

22nd Apr 2016 | Read more

Obituary for Tony Ayers.

Tony Ayers was a remarkable man and a great Australian.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

L-3 Australia Announces Opening of New Facility in Central Melbourne

L-3 Australia announced today its plans to open a new Design, Engineering and Support facility in South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria.

6th Apr 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia , HTC Corporation Collaborate to Develop Secure Smartphone Solutions.

Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, an Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has announced an agreement with HTC Corporation

31st Mar 2016 | Read more

KONGSBERG buys 49.9 % of Patria creating a leading Nordic defence partnership

Today, KONGSBERG has entered into an agreement with the Finnish state for the purchase of 49.9 % of the shares in Patria for EUR 272 million.

18th Mar 2016 | Read more

BAE Systems to bid for Australia’s JORN Phase 6 upgrade

BAE Systems is to compete for the major Phase 6 upgrade of the Australian Department of Defence's (DoD) Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN).

15th Mar 2016 | Read more

´╗┐AIDN in the thick of CDIC planning

As the peak Defence industry body for Australian defence SMEs, AIDN welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister for the headquartering of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).

10th Mar 2016 | Read more

Government-Industry Partnership Drives Innovation and Secures Defence Jobs

Lockheed Martin Australia has been supporting the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) since 2003.

29th Feb 2016 | Read more

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

Defence White Paper contains a few surprises

25th Feb 2016 | Read more

Future defence industry leader in the making

Raytheon Australia employee, Brodie Ryan, has been announced as the 2015 Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) National Young Achiever in an awards ceremony held in Canberra last night.

9th Feb 2016 | Read more

Siemens partnership brings new levels of innovation to Australian Defence industry

In a ceremony today at the Pacific 2015 Maritime Exposition, Siemens signed a historic research agreement with Defence Science and Technology Group and QUT to advance the use of HTS technologies in Australia.

5th Oct 2015 | Read more

Cubic Named One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in New Zealand

Cubic Defence New Zealand listed among ‘Top Ten Companies to Watch’ by Technology Investment Network

29th Sep 2015 | Read more

Defence insiders welcome first female minister Marise Payne

Long serving NSW Senator Marise Payne has been sworn into her new role and is today receiving briefings from Defence Force bosses

20th Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing Defence Australia appoints new MD

Boeing has named Ken Shaw as the next vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).

7th Sep 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Australia Partners with ViaSat and Optus

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

30th Aug 2015 | Read more

Kaspersky Lab Secures Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Kaspersky Lab has announced it is delivering its security offerings to the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet across Australia.

16th Jun 2015 | Read more

Raytheon's quest to develop Australia's future engineers and scientist

Raytheon’s support for hands-on, interactive education through the key partnership with Questacon

21st May 2015 | Read more

International participation in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015

Australia and the United States are preparing for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015, the largest combined military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

17th May 2015 | Read more

Army bids farewell to Chief

The Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, officially handed over the command of the Army on Friday May 15, at a parade in Canberra

17th May 2015 | Read more

Cubic Global Defense Awarded Contract Valued at More Than $6 Million to Support the New Zealand Defence Force

Cubic Range Design Solutions to provide a customized, ballistic fit-out to create a world-class New Zealand Defence Force training facility

8th Apr 2015 | Read more

Australia grants second pass approval for JP2008 Phase 5B1 satellite project

The Australian Department of Defence has secured second pass approval from the government to move ahead with Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1 satellite communications project.

31st Mar 2015 | Read more

APDR examines whether the Defence Department is capable of balanced, objective advise.

In the next edition of APDR we critically examine whether the Department of Defence is any longer capable of giving balanced, objective advice about the Collins submarine replacement

5th Mar 2015 | Read more

“Rosebank Engineering Australia” to be rebranded to “RUAG Australia Pty Ltd”

As of 24 February 2015 “Rosebank Engineering Australia” will be conducting business as “RUAG Australia Pty Ltd”.

19th Feb 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

29th Jan 2015 | Read more

Cabinet reshuffle delays $US25bn defence tenders

National defence tenders valued at $US25 billion have been delayed by the federal government's recent cabinet reshuffle

19th Jan 2015 | Read more

Iraq and surprise visits

Am I the only one to have noticed that for the 14 years that Australia was involved in Afghanistan and the 11 years in Iraq

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

David Johnston main casualty in reshuffle.

There have been worse performers in the first Abbott Ministry than David Johnston and his replacement by Kevin Andrews is likely to see the Defence reform process stall – at least for a while.

21st Dec 2014 | Read more


The Board of Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL) (Quickstep), a manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre components for the aerospace and automotive industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Marino as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

Space Surveillance Telescope – a first for the ADF

The Australian Government has agreed to spend $63 million to deliver facilities to support the installation of a Space Surveillance Telescope at the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Station at Exmouth, Western Australia.

4th Dec 2014 | Read more

17th Annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, and the Secretary of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson, have visited the Peoples’ Republic of China to conduct the 17th Annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue.

3rd Dec 2014 | Read more


Australia’s Department of Defence has signed a three year $16.5 million agreement with geospatial giant Esri Australia that will provide more than 65,000 military and civilian personnel with access to state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

18th Nov 2014 | Read more

Thales Australia today welcomed the President of France

Accompanied by Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston, President Hollande viewed the company’s world-leading underwater systems and sonar capabilities, now firmly established in Australia after 30 years of Thales and French Government transfer of technology, expertise and investment.

17th Nov 2014 | Read more

APC Technology Lands New Contract to Supply Generators for Deployment Shelters.

APC Technology has signed a significant contract to supply generators for an international client.

16th Nov 2014 | Read more

Chief of the Defence Force hosts Vietnamese counterpart

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

12th Nov 2014 | Read more

FEDERAL Labor will wait for formal government briefings before responding to a US call for more Australian troops to help train the Iraq military.

President Barack Obama wants countries like Australia to supplement their commitment

12th Nov 2014 | Read more

APC Technology announce new board member

APC Technology is proud to announce their newly appointed board member, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR.

4th Nov 2014 | Read more

Pelican Introduces Three New Safety-Approved Headlights

To offer tough lightweight, safety-approved lighting options, Pelican Products, Inc

29th Oct 2014 | Read more

Politics before three word slogans

The death of Edward Gough Whitlam on October 21 has been met with considerable nostalgia not only for a reforming Prime Minister

22nd Oct 2014 | Read more

Rosebank Engineering Australia continues to strengthen its Continuous Improvement Program under RUAG

The Continuous Improvement Program is structured to act on metrics to develop best practices.

19th Oct 2014 | Read more

Japan subs deal risks China ties: SA govt

Building new submarines in Japan risks damaging ties with China

16th Oct 2014 | Read more

Surface finishing in South Australia

The first of its kind in Australia, this state-of-the-art finishing solution

7th Oct 2014 | Read more

Multi-million dollar upgrade for Defence science laboratory

The Australian Government is investing $41 million to upgrade facilities

15th Sep 2014 | Read more

AMC to play key role in future of naval manufacturing

The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania was pleased to officially launch the ARC Training Centre

25th Aug 2014 | Read more

MSS Wins Australian Department of Defence Access Control Contract

MSS Security says it has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defence

25th Aug 2014 | Read more


Newcastle-based Forgacs today announced it has acquired Broens, a precision engineering company that operates in Australia

12th Aug 2014 | Read more

APC Technology Celebrates 30 Years and Their Best Financial Results to Date

APC Technology, a South Australian designer and manufacturer of harsh environment solutions, is celebrating 30 years of business.

23rd Jul 2014 | Read more

Biggest ever Defence contract signed

On 10 July, Stephen Wells, Aurecon’s Chief Business Development Officer and Rosemary Peavey, Company Secretary, attended a formal ceremony hosted by the Department of Defence where they signed Aurecon’s largest defence contract to date.

10th Jul 2014 | Read more

US-Australian spy base in WA to boost military communications

Project will allow real-time communication for American and Australian military

8th Jul 2014 | Read more

What Australia should do in the South China Sea

China continues to try changing the status quo in the South China Sea (SCS) through bullying its smaller neighbours

26th Jun 2014 | Read more

Is Indonesia’s next Marty Natalegawa … Marty Natalegawa?

Indonesia has just had its third presidential debate in which both Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto

26th Jun 2014 | Read more

Defence opens new cyber security school at UNSW Canberra

The Abbott government has formally opened a new academic think-tank and teaching centre

18th Jun 2014 | Read more

New rifles for NZDF

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given approval for the NZDF to seek a replacement for the Steyr rifle

18th Jun 2014 | Read more

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's vision for armed forces faces cost factor

The year-on-year boost to defence that’s been scheduled in the budget isn’t

3rd Jun 2014 | Read more

Barrett awarded a $6 million contract for a Central Asian Border Protection Agency

Barrett Communications, an international communications company specialising in the design and manufacture of HF and VHF communications solutions,

27th May 2014 | Read more

The Federal Budget

The Federal Budget sees a modest increase in defence spending – up $800 million to $29.2 billion.

13th May 2014 | Read more

Changes likely for Defence

Several things are underway directly affecting Defence: the May budget; the findings of the Commission of Audit; the Winter-White AWD review.

8th May 2014 | Read more

Commission of Audit

The impact of the Commission of Audit on the Department of Defence will be profound, if its recommendations are accepted.

8th May 2014 | Read more



15th Apr 2014 | Read more

DMO chief Warren King jumps to his staff's defence

Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive Warren King has come out fighting

6th Apr 2014 | Read more

DSTO signs alliance with Northrop Grumman Australia

DSTO and Northrop Grumman Australia have signed a strategic alliance to conduct collaborative research in a range of high-end defence technologies.

27th Mar 2014 | Read more

Ceto 5 hits the road

Australian wave developer Carnegie Wave Energy has kicked off assembly and pre-installation of the Ceto 5 units ahead of deployment off Perth.

24th Mar 2014 | Read more

The 2014 rotation of United States Marines through northern Australia commences

The 2014 rotation of approximately 1150 United States Marines will arrive in northern Australia

23rd Mar 2014 | Read more


Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation Warren King congratulated the winning teams and said the DMO was proud to be the national sponsor of the event, run in Australia by the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation.

23rd Mar 2014 | Read more

IT technicians required across Australia for ambitious body of work.

IBM and Lockheed Martin Australia will know the fate of their bids

20th Mar 2014 | Read more

Wilcox Industries to set up first overseas factory in Australia

Aquaterro and Wilcox Industries will set up a joint-owned factory in Australia, which will cost $10 million and create 100 jobs

17th Mar 2014 | Read more

BAE Q-Warrior Head-Up Display Bring Iron Man One Step Closer to Reality

Designed with the safety of soldiers in mind, BAE insists their device will eventually be worn by every solider on the field.

23rd Feb 2014 | Read more


The Australian Strategic Policy Insitute, based in Canberra, announced on January 23 that it has

22nd Jan 2014 | Read more

Defence and Industry Conference

Defence and Industry Conference 2014 will be held in Adelaide from 29-30 July 2014.

11th Dec 2013 | Read more

Defence minister visits SAF troops at military exercise in Australia

For the first time, a new bilateral component codenamed Exercise Trident has been introduced at Exercise Wallaby, currently ongoing at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in Queensland, Australia.

19th Nov 2013 | Read more

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Australian Defence Minister

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai ,received the Australian Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and his accompanying delegation on Sunday at Al Marmum Resort in Dubai.

27th Oct 2013 | Read more

Australia Boosts Funds for SADI Program

Minister for Defence David Johnston has announced the award of more than $10.5 million in grants to more than 120 companies under the most recent round of the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program.

16th Oct 2013 | Read more

Pacific 2013: Australia's DSTO expands links with Thales, ASC

Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has further expanded ties with industry through partnership agreements with Thales Australia and local shipbuilder ASC.

8th Oct 2013 | Read more

Pacific 2013 Trade Visitors Registration Now Open

Since its inception in 2000, the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition has continued to expand. The number of commercial maritime and naval defence industry participants from around the world has grown substantially.

29th Sep 2013 | Read more

Defence Minister Johnston says ''augment our readiness'' for further Middle East conflicts

Australia's new Defence Minister, David Johnston, says he wants to keep the military battle-ready for further possible conflicts in the unstable Middle East and south Asia.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more

Barrett Communications awarded sole source contract for East African Police Force

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce a three (3) year sole source contract to supply up to 750 HF transceivers to one of East Africa’s largest Police Forces.

18th Sep 2013 | Read more

Australian Defence Industry warns against further long delays

Australian Defence Industry warns against further long delays in the Defence Capability Plan

27th Jun 2013 | Read more

2013-14 Defence Budget

After last year’s dramatic pruning of Defence’s budget by $5.454 billion over the Forward Estimates, there was not scope for further cuts and still maintain the Government’s defence capability intentions.

17th Jun 2013 | Read more

Defence White Paper 2013

Given Australia’s strategic and budgetary circumstances, the 2013 White Paper seems reasonably well balanced. Or to put it another way, it could have been a lot worse. In foreshadowing a modest increase in spending in the short term and an aspiration target of 2% of GDP, the Government has sought to maintain its credentials in the national security domain.

2nd May 2013 | Read more

HF MOD delivering capability

Australia has a long history of expertise in high frequency (HF) radio communication, going back to the early 1930s.

26th Feb 2013 | Read more


The National Executive of the Australian Industry & Defence Network Inc. (AIDN) held their Annual General Meeting at the Naval, Military and Air Force Club in Adelaide today.

9th Dec 2012 | Read more

Maritime surveillance

Australia’s – and the Region’s – Grand Challenge: Situational Maritime Domain Awareness

9th Dec 2012 | Read more

Australia’s strategic circumstances

At a time of Defence budget reductions it is worth considering Australia’s strategic circumstances for a moment. Officially these are being examined as part of the forthcoming 2013 Defence White Paper and also Ken Henry’s forthcoming ‘Australia in the Asian century’ report.

30th Oct 2012 | Read more


Like its Australian counterparts, the NZDF has been sustaining a much higher operational tempo than has been the long-term norm.

29th Aug 2012 | Read more


In July the Ministers of Defence and Defence Materiel announced that they had listened to industry seeking more certainty in information about planned key defence projects.

29th Aug 2012 | Read more

Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

As Australia begins the process of military transition from Afghanistan, one of the senior figures involved, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Dr Mike Kelly, spoke to APDR.

29th Aug 2012 | Read more

Global Supply Chains

Byline: Geoff Slocombe / Victoria Many small Australian defence companies are run by people who have a good idea, implemented with smart technology, which proves attractive to the Department of Defence.

12th Jul 2012 | Read more

2012 – 13 Defence budget

Budget 2012-13 impacts on sustainment and new capabilities Amongst the headlines of Defence’s contribution of $5,454 million across the Forward Estimates, announced in the Budget, little has been said about the impact on sustainment and approved new capabilities, even less about projects in the latest Defence Capability Plan which have not yet reached First Pass Approval.

11th Jun 2012 | Read more

Budget overview

In the lead up to the 2012 / 13 budget, Treasurer Wayne Swan insisted that it would be a tough one because of the need to achieve a surplus. Defence has made a major contribution to achieving that goal.

11th Jun 2012 | Read more

JP 2065 Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS)

JP 2065 (IBS) and a parallel project, JP2089 Tactical Information Exchange (TIE), are intrinsic components of a Defence global communications architecture that will facilitate the use of the now rapidly evolving “ Everything Over the Internet Protocol” (EOIP) capability for real-time video, voice, digital data – contributing to the effectiveness of Network Centric Warfare (NCW).

3rd May 2012 | Read more

Important developments for Defence

What a busy few weeks it has been, from the announcement that Australia will be winding down operations in Afghanistan sooner than anticipated, through to the announcement of an accelerated White Paper process and decisions on a number of acquisition matters.

3rd May 2012 | Read more

Minister for Defence Materiel – More than $12 million investment in priority industry capabilities

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced more than $12 million in matched funding is being offered to nine Australian companies to commercialise new defence technologies that will contribute to Australia’s Priority Industry Capabilities in the defence sector. “This is an investment in cutting edge defence technologies developed here in Australia,” Mr Clare said.

29th Apr 2012 | Read more

Elbit President & CEO Mr Joseph Ackerman

Q: How does Elbit view the Australian market. A: Personally, Australia is one of my favorite countries. A first step for Elbit in any business activity is to have a good understanding of our customer’s needs. It is not always the case that in a formal way we receive all the information about what a customer truly requires – so it is essential to have a good background when it comes to technical and operational matters. For us, there are some countries that we have found easier to work with than others – and Australia is one of those positive cases.

1st Apr 2012 | Read more

Australia and the Strategic Challenges of Unconventional Energy

Australian policy makers have not caught up with reality yet. Among the unhallowed (and cynics in Defence say unholy) halls of the Office of National Assessments and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the myths of decades of issue-motivated group (IMG) ‘catastrophe-propaganda’ still resonate.

1st Apr 2012 | Read more

Environmental information. A thirst for knowledge

As the Australian Defence Force moves down the path of Network Centric Warfare and with a greater emphasis on amphibious operations the importance of accurate and timely environmental information is of increasing importance. As CDF General David Hurley has recently observed, there are around 25,000 islands and 85,000 kilometres of navigable waterways in the region between the Eastern Indian Ocean and the South West Pacific. This is a huge area across which the ADF must plan to operate and of which it must maintain situational awareness.

5th Mar 2012 | Read more

AIR 5232 Phase 1

In military aircraft it is the pilot’s job to keep safely to mission tracks then on to its planned destination, while the mission commander’s role is to navigate and fight the aircraft. In single seat combat aircraft these two roles are combined. Larger aircraft, including maritime combat helicopters, have a separate mission commander who “takes necessary directive action to achieve assigned mission goals by collecting, correlating, and coordinating data from networked multiple sensor devices and fire control systems; co-operating in the selection and delivery of weapons; conducting communications; and engaging in other tasks as necessary.”test

5th Mar 2012 | Read more

JP 2069

This non-technical article briefly looks at the history of cryptography through the ages and up to the present explosive growth of communications technology and the battle for cyber security. An overview of JP2069 is included. Origins of Cryptography.

5th Mar 2012 | Read more

Border security - Transnational crime in Micronesia

Introduction. As described in the first two parts of this small series, Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is composed of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across the open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii.

5th Mar 2012 | Read more

Flying Tigers in Afghanistan

Kym Bergmann reports from Kabul: Even as France starts a slow drawdown of troop numbers prior to a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, combat units have recently completed one of their most intense fighting seasons since 2001. Most of the 4,000 troops are deployed in two provinces – Kabul (especially the district of Surobi) and Kapisa - which have seen some of the heaviest fighting of the war. While the capital city of Kabul is considered relatively secure by the standards of Afghanistan, the same cannot be said of the surrounding countryside. French responsibilities. Kabul itself sits on a piece of flat land surrounded by mountains but the geography of the Surobi district and all of Kapisa is inhospitable – high barren ridges, bleak terrain, steep sided gorges with small green pockets of agriculture found on scattered and isolated river flats. The city sits at 1,800 meters above sea level with nearby peaks rising to 3,000 metres. Kapisa in general and the Tagab valley in particular are considered insurgent strongholds, with a mixture of suicide bomb cells, tribal militias, members of the Haqqani network, fighters belonging to Hezb-i-Islami and so on. The picture is very complex and even sorting out the motives of the various anti-Government groups is not easy, with a senior French officer telling APDR, “the more we find out, the more unclear it becomes.”

21st Dec 2011 | Read more

Battlespace Communications

The development and applications of military digital battlespace communications systems can be clearly shown to have been adapted from commercial enterprises that fashioned a network-centric style of operation, to optimise the command and control of them, advance their growth and profitability. Such enterprises have sponsored the development of seamless, open architecture, high data rate digital communications that use a plethora of techniques to achieve the objectives of the scheme. These systems are always on and use a range of data security designs.

1st Nov 2011 | Read more

Another budget hand back?

Only three months into the financial year and already there is some muttering within Defence of another looming hand back of unspent funds – although the problem can always be mitigated by measures such as the purchase of a sixth C-17 announced on September 23 and the decision to lease another support ship nine days earlier. The reasons for such pessimism – shared by industry – are not hard to find. There are around 130 projects listed in the Defence Capability Plan, yet the Department is able to commit to making a decision during 2011 / 12 on seven of them.

6th Oct 2011 | Read more

The problem with Defence (Part 1)

(This is the first of two articles based on a speech given on September 19 to a Rockwell Collins “Connected, Aware, Responsive Technology” symposium) One of my favourite books is Barbara Tuchman’s “March of Folly”. In this classic work she examines four instances of folly, which she defines as acts which are clearly contrary to the self-interest of the organization pursuing them; conducted over a period of time, not just in a single burst of irrational behaviour; conducted by a number of individuals, not just one deranged maniac; and, importantly, there have to be people alive at the time who pointed out correctly why the act in question was folly. The acts of folly she chose were the Trojan Wars, the loss of the American colonies by Britain, the Renaissance Popes failures resulting in the Reformation, and the conflict in Vietnam.

27th Sep 2011 | Read more

AIR 9000 Phase 8 October 2011

It was at the poetically beautiful Boyd Education centre overlooking the Shoalhaven river 16 kiolmetres from Nowra that local companies had to swallow the bitter pill that there will be almost no work for them flowing from the decision to purchase 24 MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters – at least not in the short term. During the tender evaluate phase ‘Team Romeo’ made considerable efforts to match the Australian Industry Content package of rival bidder Eurocopter and have signed up to obligations amounting to $1.5 billion, which sounds impressive. However, it is already becoming difficult to see how this substantial target will be met.

27th Sep 2011 | Read more


BAE Systems has reinforced its commitment to growing Australia’s defence industry capability through the creation of a supply chain agreement with the Federal Government.

27th Sep 2011 | Read more

Changing the structure of Defence.

t is highly unlikely that scholars in the Middle Ages actually debated how many angels could stand simultaneously on the head of a pin – though Thomas Aquinas did postulate that more than one angel could occupy a place at the same time. However the aphorism is a useful metaphor for an inordinately pointless intellectual debate, which brings us to parts of the recently released Black Review, titled “Improving personal and institutional accountability in Defence.”

1st Sep 2011 | Read more

Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel – Defence capability projects approved

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare announced on 30 August that the Government has approved four major Defence capability projects.

1st Sep 2011 | Read more


Major Leigh Perkins, commander of Charlie Company, conducted his morning briefing that outlined the scheme of operations for an upcoming attack. A three-dimensional terrain map had been created on the ground, and his platoon leaders were gathered around to hear how the impending assault was to proceed that afternoon and on through the night. Their dust-caked faces were daubed in camouflage cream, and although they had been sleep-deprived for several days because of ongoing operations against the enemy, they listened with careful attention.

29th Aug 2011 | Read more

Major Defence reforms unveiled.

This afternoon Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the Government's response to the Black Review into Departmental lines of accountability. These are largely in line with expectations and the main features are: * the establishment of two Associate Secretary positions to strengthen Defence’s capacity to implement the Black Review; * the strengthening of capability development and acquisition; * increasing rigour and contestability within capability development, including the establishment of a new process for the inclusion of projects into the Defence Capability Plan;

8th Aug 2011 | Read more

Defence Exports Future - Defence in NSW

With Australia’s most comprehensive industrial base, NSW industry is integrated into local and international defence supply chains. The diverse capabilities offered by the State’s small-medium enterprises (SME) are essential to Australian defence requirements.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Emerging Defence industry in the Top End

The Northern Territory’s strategic importance to Defence is well documented. Industrial growth in the Territory is booming: major offshore and onshore gas and oil projects are leading the way with an anticipated investment of around $25 billion over the next few years.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Queensland: An Asia Pacific aviation and aerospace hub

• More than 900 aviation and aerospace companies are located in Queensland • Over 16,500 aviation and aerospace jobs in Queensland Queensland - an aviation and aerospace hub After almost a decade of unprecedented industry growth, the Government's vision for Queensland as an aviation and aerospace hub for the Asian Pacific region is fast becoming a reality.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains

South Australian SMEs in Global Supply Chains – What the South Australian Government is doing to support defence export, including entry into global supply chains. South Australia is a state focused on its defence future – and that future includes innovative, sustainable defence companies working from Australia’s Defence State to equip the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and other defence customers around the world.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Going global: Victorian companies perform on a world stage

When it comes to Australia’s defence industry, Victoria has a long and proud history of providing innovative solutions for the Australian Defence Force. Speak to many Victorian SME defence companies today and they will tell you that the best blueprint for international success is consistently delivering high quality products and services, nurturing highly skilled people and a willingness to expand beyond national borders. According to Ric Smith, Chair of the Defence Council Victoria “Victorian SMEs, with their record of innovation and their global reach, are ideally placed in the changing world of defence industry”.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Case Studies from South Australia

Established in 1958 as a family owned South Australian business, Static Engineering provide exciting design solutions for challenging projects for their commercial and Defence clients. In 2007, Static Engineering became part of the Broens Group, led by Broens Industries together with Calbic Precision Engineers based in South Australia. Broens Industries, based in Sydney, have offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, as well as international offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The Broens Group is a one-stop-engineering-shop, providing concept design, product development, specification, manufacture and after sales service.

21st Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence & Industry 2011 Conference - Official optimism and Industry gloom.

It was almost as if people from two different planets were intermingling at the Adelaide Defence & Industry conference, held in the last week of June. Listening to a series of Departmental presentations all appeared to be well with the world of defence procurement, with statistics apparently proving repeatedly that the outlook was healthy with billions of dollars to be spent. However, most of the talk from industry representatives was about the tangible slow down in the number of First and Second Pass approvals being granted and the negative impact this is having on a number of companies.

20th Jul 2011 | Read more

AIDN - Australian success stories.

AIDN National President Article for the APDR July / August Edition Global Supply Chain feature. I thank Mr Kym Bergmann the editor of APDR for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine’s feature on Australia’s defence industry small medium enterprises (SMEs) experience in marketing and selling their equipment and services in the global supply chains of Australian based Prime and overseas defence industry companies. AIDN represents over 800 Australian defence industry SMEs and while our organisation works with Government to promote our members’ interest in the development of defence industry policy, skills development and capacity building, our main aim is to maximise the business opportunities for members, both in the domestic market and those overseas. Our members’ participation in global supply chain of large international Prime defence industry companies and their major suppliers is one strand in achieving this aim.

20th Jul 2011 | Read more

Border security Transnational Crime in Micronesia (Part 1)

Micronesia is an enormous, remote, thinly populated region containing two independent microstates (Kiribati and Nauru), three states in ‘Free Association’ with the USA (Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI, Federated States of Micronesia or FSM, and Palau), and two US territories (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI). Micronesia straddles the equator and is laid out in a light dusting of atolls, islands and reefs scattered across a truly enormous expanse of open ocean from the Philippines to Hawaii. The total population is about 500,000 people on about 2,000 square kilometers of land dispersed across millions of square kilometres of sea. Of this population, about 400,000 are US citizens or residents, or have unfettered access to the USA due to Compacts of Free Association with that country.

20th Jul 2011 | Read more

Defence Budget 2011 / 2012

Bucking the trend of recent years, the Defence budget has actually been pruned with money being returned to consolidated revenue – but is still healthy at a fraction more than $29 billion. The majority of the “savings” have resulted from the Department not spending as much on equipment for which funds had been allocated in the previous budget, totaling $1.3 billion. For this, Defence Minister Stephen Smith blames industry for not meeting payment milestones. This seems to over simply the situation and it is worth noting that last financial year the Government only managed to give Second Pass approval to eight out of a scheduled 14 projects and only two out of more than 20 of those scheduled for First Pass. Clearly, the Government’s own processes are far from perfect. Delaying First and Second Pass approvals is denying the ADF equipment it needs, is hurting industry and will have the inevitable consequence of leading to a funding blow out in future years.

5th Jun 2011 | Read more

1st Person Senator Mark Bishop

Senator Mark Bishop, Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee speaks with APDR Editor, Kym Bergmann

5th Jun 2011 | Read more

Troops on the Home Front

On 7 June 2010 the New Zealand Minister of Defence the Hon Wayne Mapp, addressed the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on the topic of “Humanitarian and Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific”. The Minister’s main observations were that we live in a region which regularly experiences a wide range of natural disasters, and that skills in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief are of vital importance throughout our region. Furthermore the Minister noted that disaster relief is increasingly a core task for defence forces and that the necessary capabilities should be available specifically for humanitarian tasks and not just be seen as an add on or ‘nice to have’. He went on to say that such capabilities should form “part of core military business, not be simply a secondary task”. Observing that defence forces are often amongst the few national organizations that hold large fleets of deployable assets and have large numbers of disciplined personnel, the Minister noted that when a disaster occurs the public expect all available resources to be made available and that the defence forces must play a major role in disaster relief. “The public expect in response to a disaster nothing less than the full mobilization of the NZDF to the extent necessary to save lives and property. This expectation is shared by both local and national leaders.”

5th Jun 2011 | Read more


As an emerging economic superpower, India’s spending on defence is on a rapid upward trajectory. The main driver appears to be emerging rivalry with China – especially as Beijing seeks to increase its presence in the Indian Ocean. However, traditional rivalry with Pakistan as well as increasing internal security issues are also factors.

11th May 2011 | Read more

LHDs powering along.

Given the recent very public problems with the Navy’s existing amphibious ships, there are high hopes that the 2 Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) currently under construction will be more than adequate replacements. And at a mid-way point in the programme, work seems to be progressing extremely well. Despite still having some way to go – especially with a few complex electronic systems integration issues coming up – all of the contractors spoken to by APDR expressed quiet satisfaction about how successful the programme has been to date.

9th May 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure? 5 may 2011

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

4th May 2011 | Read more


Every year the National People’s Congress (NPC) meets in the Chinese capital Beijing to lay out policy for the coming year. Among the first items on the annual agenda is the defence budget. On 4 March, on the opening day of the Fourth Session of the 11th NPC, the party leadership announced military spending would increase by 12.7%. This figure marks a return to double-digit growth after last year’s budget expanded by 7.5% as China weathered the global economic crisis.

7th Apr 2011 | Read more

Middle East Instability

he past month has seen a continuation of instability in the Middle East affecting a number of countries, none more so than Libya. The situation is changing daily, with the rebels on the offensive one day and then in headlong retreat the next. The forces loyal to Colonel Gadaffi have proven to be surprisingly determined in the face of Western air strikes launched under the poetically titled operation Odyssey Dawn, which sounds like the name of a cruise ship rather than a military operation.

5th Apr 2011 | Read more


APDR’s Richard Gardner visits the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command at Netheravon during Exercise Pashtun Jaguar as crews and helicopters are prepared for an operational return to Afghanistan.

5th Apr 2011 | Read more

Defensive aids systems: electronic armour

The dozens of aircraft shot down in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade continue to underline the importance of self protection systems for aircraft, especially helicopters operating within easy range of man portable air defence systems. At the same time, advanced aircraft like the Chinese J-20 and Russian / Indian PAK FA are adding to the number of threats modern military aircraft face. The rapidly growing multi-billion dollar aircraft self protection market is testimony to the fact that such systems are an essential component of modern warfare and are something that no military aircraft can afford to fly without.

5th Apr 2011 | Read more

Is the Avalon air show doomed?

The topic of the commercial survival of an air show – even a large one such as Avalon – might at first seem a trivial topic. However, the issues affecting the future of the event say a lot about the relationships between Defence, industry and the media.

13th Mar 2011 | Read more

Babcock AWD torpedo launcher contract moves into next phase

On February 14 the company announced that assembly of the Mk32 Mod 9 torpedo launchers for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers is now underway at Babcock’s Techport Australia premises, marking an important milestone in the contract. Babcock Pty Ltd, part of Babcock International Group, was awarded the contract in December 2008 by Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance.

13th Mar 2011 | Read more

NATO continues to entrust Thales

NATO has confirmed the role of Thales as operator of highly-secured Communication and Information Systems to the benefit of the nations of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) for two additional years.

13th Mar 2011 | Read more



13th Mar 2011 | Read more

Avalon 2011

Training a key theme - the 10th Avalon air show saw a number of industry teaming agreements aimed at fixed and rotary training requirements – projects AIR 5428 and AIR 9000 Phase 7, respectively.

13th Mar 2011 | Read more

Defence Headlines February 2011.

A combination of defence headlines from February of 2011.

13th Feb 2011 | Read more

The Year In Review

The ADF has had another demanding year operationally with a continuing focus on Afghanistan where there has been further loss of life, accompanied by deployments in other theatres such as Timor Leste and the Solomons. The Navy and Air Force have been operating at a brisk tempo in support of these activities. There has been continuing discussion about whether our deployment in Oruzgan is sufficient or whether further efforts should be made, particularly during the period before the Parliamentary debate about Australia’s involvement.

21st Dec 2010 | Read more


The New Zealand government released the long-awaited Defence White Paper on 2 November 2010. This document was well overdue, with the previous paper issued 13 years ago. With an annual budget of just NZD 3 billion (US$ 2.2 billion, or 1% of GDP in 2009), NZ is militarily a small fish in a big sea. Indeed, tellingly, its defence spending amounts to just 7.2% of Australia’s, and the NZ Defence Force (NZDF) has a mere 9,673 regular personnel. Nevertheless, NZ does have a security role to play, especially in its South Pacific backyard.

21st Dec 2010 | Read more

Aussie Tiger - helicopter with an Amphibious future

Selected in 2001 under the auspices of Project AIR 87 the Franco - German Eurocopter Tiger EC665 is giving the Army an impressive level of combat capability. Australia required a versatile platform to replace two existing types of rotary aircraft; the Vietnam era Bell 206B-1 Kiowa and UH-1-H Iroquois ‘Bushranger’ gunship helicopters.

31st Oct 2010 | Read more

Harry Dunstall, General Manager – Commercial

Speaking to APDR Editor Kym Bergmann

30th Sep 2010 | Read more

Border security

Michael Yui. Singapore, Malaysia

31st Aug 2010 | Read more

“The Australian Army has certainly evolved a very strong COIN doctrine”:

Exclusive Interview with General Peter Cosgrove

31st Aug 2010 | Read more

The importance of defence reform

Whoever becomes Australia’s next Defence Minister will need to continue to focus on the importance of defence reform

31st Aug 2010 | Read more

Lockheed Martin completes second live tracking exercise for ballistic missile defense

Lockheed Martin has announced that on August 15 it successfully identified and tracked four live targets during a test of its Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP) being fielded as part of the Aegis next-generation Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability.

31st Aug 2010 | Read more

The Global Supply Chain

Foreword by The Hon Greg Combet

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

LHD communications suite

A transformational capability

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

Industry policy

New Defence Industry Policy - what it really means!

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

The Federal Election

At the time of writing, the Australian Federal election looks to be a close contest with the odds slightly in favor of the Government being returned

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

Austal Hosts Keel Laying Ceremony For US Army’s “Spearhead” (JHSV 1)

This is the first of a class of 10 vessels to be operated by both the US Army and Navy.

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

Boeing Celebrates Production of 100th CH-47F Chinook

"This is an incredible milestone," said Leanne Caret, Boeing vice president, H-47 Programs.

31st Jul 2010 | Read more

Elbit Systems Introduces: Mini-Laser Designator for Micro-Payloads

The demand for laser-based defense systems is growing for a number of reasons, primarily due to the very high level of accuracy resulting in point target hits and minimal collateral damage.

31st Jul 2010 | Read more



31st Jul 2010 | Read more

Defence Budget 2010 - 2011


31st May 2010 | Read more

CAE awarded new military contracts in Europe and Canada valued at approximately C$50 million

Canada’s CAE announced on 5 May that towards the end of its fiscal 2010 it was awarded several new military contracts in Europe and Canada to support the German Army and Royal Netherlands Air Force as well as Canada's Department of National Defence. The value of the contracts combined is approximately C$50 million.

31st May 2010 | Read more

NSW defence industry

Expert advisory council to grow NSW defence industry

4th May 2010 | Read more

BAE Systems opens new engineering hub in Melbourne

BAE Systems opened its new engineering hub in Melbourne on April 27 that will integrate the company’s aerospace, autonomous systems and guided weapons research into a single facility.

4th May 2010 | Read more

Enhanced communications for deployed forces

Senator John Faulkner announces the Governments significant initiative to enhance communications support to the Australian Defence Force

4th May 2010 | Read more

Air 7000 & JP129

Australia is making substantial investments in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

9th Feb 2010 | Read more

AWD Ship Construction Underway

Air Warfare Destroyer : Ship construction underway - the sparks start to fly

7th Jan 2010 | Read more

Funding to ADF Operations increases by 40%

The Rudd Government has clearly signaled its operational priorities in the 2009-2010 budget released last month.

29th Jun 2009 | Read more

Rebalancing – with more change on the way

There are good and bad things in this US DoD’s Fiscal 2010 budget proposals. President Obama and the US DoD recognise – unlike Prime Minister Rudd – that there are limits to the size of the country’s coffers for military expenditure, despite the fact that the war in Afghanistan is rapidly replacing the one in Iraq and is escalating very rapidly.

29th Jun 2009 | Read more

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