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The Defence Connect podcast is a unique series of discussions with members of the Australian defence industry, providing the perfect blend of business intelligence and insights from industry professionals. With guests from Defence, Primes and SME’s, academia and other key industry figures, this is the only podcast that brings the Australian defence community together.Defence Connect is a dynamic 360° platform bridging the gap between the customer (Defence) and industry. Defence Connect has aligned itself with the Australian Defence Force and the Federal Government, splitting our focus not just into the traditional sectors of Land (Army), Air (Air Force) and Sea (Navy), but into the six new Capability Streams: - Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Cyber - Key Enablers - Air and Sea Lift - Maritime and Anti-Submarine Warfare - Strike and Air Combat - Land Combat and Amphibious WarfareAs Defence moves to ensure the Force Structure Review and the First Principles Review: Creating One Defence plans are met, Australian industry involvement is critical for mission success.The Defence Connect podcast will provide you and your business with valuable lessons, tips and insights into the industry, putting your company in the best position to take part in the increased Defence spending.We’ll cover every aspect of doing business in the defence industry, from the tender process to recruitment, success stories, access points to Defence, smart business strategies and gain advice from key figures in the Defence’s procurement process. Subscribe to the Defence Connect podcast and be part of this exciting and innovative industry. At Momentum Media, building communities is what we do.

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The Defence Connect podcast is a unique series of discussions with members of the Australian defence industry, providing the perfect blend of business intelligence and insights from industry professionals. With guests from Defence, Primes and SME’s, academia and other key industry figures, this is the only podcast that brings the Australian defence community together.Defence Connect is a dynamic 360° platform bridging the gap between the customer (Defence) and industry. Defence Connect has aligned itself with the Australian Defence Force and the Federal Government, splitting our focus not just into the traditional sectors of Land (Army), Air (Air Force) and Sea (Navy), but into the six new Capability Streams: - Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Cyber - Key Enablers - Air and Sea Lift - Maritime and Anti-Submarine Warfare - Strike and Air Combat - Land Combat and Amphibious WarfareAs Defence moves to ensure the Force Structure Review and the First Principles Review: Creating One Defence plans are met, Australian industry involvement is critical for mission success.The Defence Connect podcast will provide you and your business with valuable lessons, tips and insights into the industry, putting your company in the best position to take part in the increased Defence spending.We’ll cover every aspect of doing business in the defence industry, from the tender process to recruitment, success stories, access points to Defence, smart business strategies and gain advice from key figures in the Defence’s procurement process. Subscribe to the Defence Connect podcast and be part of this exciting and innovative industry. At Momentum Media, building communities is what we do.

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The Defence Connect podcast is a unique series of discussions with members of the Australian defence industry, providing the perfect blend of business intelligence and insights from industry professionals. With guests from Defence, Primes and SME’s, academia and other key industry figures, this is the only podcast that brings the Australian defence community together.Defence Connect is a dynamic 360° platform bridging the gap between the customer (Defence) and industry. Defence Connect has aligned itself with the Australian Defence Force and the Federal Government, splitting our focus not just into the traditional sectors of Land (Army), Air (Air Force) and Sea (Navy), but into the six new Capability Streams: - Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Cyber - Key Enablers - Air and Sea Lift - Maritime and Anti-Submarine Warfare - Strike and Air Combat - Land Combat and Amphibious WarfareAs Defence moves to ensure the Force Structure Review and the First Principles Review: Creating One Defence plans are met, Australian industry involvement is critical for mission success.The Defence Connect podcast will provide you and your business with valuable lessons, tips and insights into the industry, putting your company in the best position to take part in the increased Defence spending.We’ll cover every aspect of doing business in the defence industry, from the tender process to recruitment, success stories, access points to Defence, smart business strategies and gain advice from key figures in the Defence’s procurement process. Subscribe to the Defence Connect podcast and be part of this exciting and innovative industry. At Momentum Media, building communities is what we do.

Rank #1: Why space is the future of innovation, business and the human race, Karl Rodrigues, Australian Space Agency

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With development underway in Australia to build a reputable and respected space agency, and $41 million allocated to the sector over a four-year period, executive director of international and national engagement at the Australian Space Agency Karl Rodrigues joins host Phil Tarrant to unpack where that will be invested and their plans to triple the Australian space economy in the next 10 years.

With the agency still in its infancy, Rodrigues will discuss how he came to take on his role and how the work that he is involved in will provide a lift to the Australian economy. He will share why the burgeoning space sector will also result in growth in various other sectors and the types of jobs that growth will create.

Rodrigues will also discuss Australia's role in the global space economy, the unique benefits that the nation is able to bring and what will influence the path of the agency's development.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Oct 11 2018
35 mins
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Rank #2: Working locally to deliver world-class munitions; Graham Evenden & Dion Habner; Thales Australia

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Australia’s defence industry has been garnering significant reputation internationally for the quality of the work provided by both prime contractors and small-to-medium enterprises for some years, and continues to do so. In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, representatives from Thales Australia join host Phil Tarrant to provide fascinating insight into the workings of an enterprise kicking goals both locally and globally. Graham Evendon, Director of Integrated Weapons and Sensors, and Dion Habner, Australian Munitions managing director, give an in-depth look at how Thales Australia is working to support the needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as the demands for sovereign capabilities.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Aug 01 2019
28 mins
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Rank #3: Passive radar systems, space and defence, Dr James Palmer, Silentium Defence

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Dr James Palmer, CEO and co-founder of Silentium Defence, joins host Phil Tarrant in this week’s episode of Defence Connect podcast to discuss passive radar systems and the relationship between defence and space. Dr Palmer reflects on his time with DST, how it led him to starting Silentium and what the business looks like as growing SME. He reveals his view on the Australian space sector, the active role his team is playing in the development of it and recommendations for the next generation of academics rising through the ranks.

Jul 04 2019
27 mins
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Rank #4: How growing expectations within defence industry are providing opportunities for SMEs, Greg Whitehouse, Precision Technic Defence Pty Ltd

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In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Greg Whitehouse, managing director of Precision Technic Defence, joins host Phil Tarrant to reflect on his history within the services and unpack how it has led to his position as managing director with the organisation.  Whitehouse will discuss the technology they are involved in creating, the satisfaction that comes from seeing that technology being used in the field, and how the evolution of the relationship between SMEs and defence personnel has led to the creation of technology that better meets the end user.  Greg will share his thoughts on how the expectations of defence have shifted as a result of technological advances in the civilian sector. He will also discuss how a government change could impact the SME space and address the ongoing development of Precision Technic Defence and how their team could look in the future. 

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jan 31 2019
29 mins
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Rank #5: How a focus on better leadership can lead to a stronger economy, Riccardo Bosi, Lionheart Australasia

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Following his 24 years in defence industry, Riccardo Bosi has seen success as a leader across multiple fields. An author, award-winning speaker, internationally recognised leader and innovator, Bosi has had extensive experience in creating new and developing existing organisations. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Bosi, who will share how developing corporate leadership can lead to a growth economy and extensive opportunities for those wishing to capitalise on the burgeoning defence sector. He will discuss the five pillars of real leadership, how his own business ventures have impacted his teachings and how the corporate world differs to his time within defence industry.

Bosi will discuss the basics of strong leadership, the common issues that he sees in Australian business and how Australian business can be leaders in innovation. Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Oct 18 2018
35 mins
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Rank #6: A proposed bid within AIR 7003, Warren Ludwig, General Atomics

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With 36 years in the Air Force before his transition into corporate, Warren Ludwig, director of international strategic development Australia, NZ and south-east Asia at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss General Atomics’ bid and the partnerships that they have created within the AIR 7003 proposal.

He will share his thoughts on the current state of the Air Force and discuss the shift that has occurred in the relationship between defence and industry, while also looking at the biggest challenges that the industry is facing at the moment.

Ludwig will also unpack the role of General Atomics, their involvement with Australian universities and share insights into technology currently being developed that we are likely to see in the coming decade.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

May 31 2018
32 mins
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Rank #7: Unpacking the ongoing debate and concern surrounding the F-35 platform, Neale Prescott, Lockheed Martin

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Recorded in our mobile studio in Orlando, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Neale Prescott, the director of business development for Lockheed Martin, to discuss the Australian arrival of the F-35 in December.

Prescott will unpack the ongoing debate and concerns about the F-35 platform and the capabilities it will bring to the Royal Australian Air Force, why the program has attracted so many critics, and how the pilot training regime will result in lesser fatigue on the jets themselves.

He will discuss the software system ALIS and how it will manage costs associated with the technology, how data will be shared with international partners and why that will be beneficial for the Australian Defence Force.  Prescott will also talk about the prospects that the F-35 arrival will present to SMEs and how they can best be prepared for these opportunities.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Sep 27 2018
35 mins
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Rank #8: Running your own business following a career in defence industry, Troy Huckstepp, Downer Defence Services

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Troy Huckstepp has successfully made the transition from uniform to the corporate world after leaving the army and creating his own entity, AGIS, in 2006 with a former colleague. The goal was simple, to provide the same type of services that they were delivering in uniform and deliver that back to defence industry.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by chief operating officer of Downer Defence Services Troy Huckstepp, who will unpack his transition into the corporate world, the challenges that he faced and share the best way to prepare yourself to run a business for those planning to transition out of the services.

Troy will discuss Downer's history in defence industry, the different brands that work under the Downer umbrella and the opportunities that its recent work with CASG will create for the organisation.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Oct 25 2018
21 mins
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Rank #9: Traversing the breach between innovation and violation, Tony Bannister-Tyrrell, Coras Solutions

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Aircraft maintenance is an area where process and regimented guidelines are for obvious reasons of great importance, however it is also an area which some believe should be open to innovations which in many cases could be classed as violations. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant chats with one such supporter of that theory. Former RAAF Officer Tony Bannister-Tyrrell, now working as a senior consultant for Coras, shares how his time as P3 Orion Senior Maintenance Manager for Australian Aerospace has led him to completing a PhD on traversing the breach between innovation and violation in aircraft maintenance. Tony shares how maintenance is currently being conducted across the industry, why such strict regulations can be detrimental to technicians and to the trade and discusses how his study plans to showcase why identifying violations can ultimately result in improved processes. Enjoy the podcast, the Defence Connect team.
Apr 26 2018
45 mins
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Rank #10: Developing the roadmap for defence industry’s growth, Dr Sheridan Kearnan, Department of Defence

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The recently-released Defence Industrial Capability Plan has outlined the government’s vision to build a robust, resilient and internationally-competitive defence industry that meets defence capability requirements. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant discusses the plan with Dr Sheridan Kearnan, first assistant secretary for Defence industry policy with the Department of Defence, whose team has been a key driver in creating the capability plan. Dr Kearnan gives insight into the origin of the plan, how it will set the course for defence industry growth, key priorities and how innovation will be central to capability enhancements. She also reveals the process for determining and finalising the sovereign industrial capability priorities that are critical to defence and must be developed and supported by Australia’s defence industry. Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team.
May 03 2018
41 mins
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Rank #11: Enhancing the future of Australia's unmanned undersea capabilities, Gavin Henry & Daniel Dent, Thales

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In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Henry, business development, and Dent, R&D project manager,from Thales Underwater Systems will unpack the growing synergies between industry and Defence to respond to emerging and existing threats in the underwater domain.

The pair will also discuss the growing export opportunities emerging throughout the Indo-Pacific and European regions, on the back of Thales local research and development and sovereign industry capability across autonomous systems, mine hunting and the underwater domain.

Additionally, the pair will focus on complex system capabilities that Thales Underwater Systems is developing in Australia to support the Royal Australian Navy's operational goals, while reducing the risk to human operators through the integration of autonomous systems. These developments also provide the opportunity for developing key relationships between industry, Defence and broader global customers.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team.

Jan 16 2019
32 mins
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Rank #12: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world, Peter FitzSimons, author

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The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a co-ordinated force with every detail planned meticulously. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, author Peter FitzSimons joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss this moment in military history, looking not only at the events that took place but the thought processes behind every aspect that led to the development of these events. FitzSimons will also discuss his writing process and how the fine detail and extensive research is key to telling the stories of these monumental moments in history, share how his literature is a means of helping the characters who lost their lives live and breathe once more, and take on claims that his writing is a glorification of war.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jul 04 2018
50 mins
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Rank #13: The top topics and commentary impacting the defence sector across 2018

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In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Defence Connect journalist Steve Kuper to discuss the stories that made the most impact on the Defence Connect audience in 2018.

They will discuss a year dominated by naval shipbuilding, with almost half of the top 20 stories being centred around the SEA 5000 future frigate program, and both Phil and Steve will discuss the podcasts that they consider to be must-listens. Phil and Steve will also provide some insight into what can be expected from Defence Connect in 2019, and share where you can next meet the team.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Dec 26 2018
28 mins
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Rank #14: Australian defence as a global player, Karen Stanton, HTA Group

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Having recently returned from Washington after attending the G’Day USA gala Defence dialogue, Karen Stanton, director of corporate and strategy at HTA Group, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the transformation of the Australian defence industry.

She will share outcomes from G’Day USA, including why she considers it to be such an important event and look at the exceptional representation of SMEs in this year’s gala. Looking at discussions that took place, she will cover support that is being offered to SMEs and how they can get the best out of the CDIC.

Karen will discuss the release of the Defence Industrial Capability Plan, what that means for Australians involved in the defence industry, and also discuss how international competition has impacted the demise and transformation of manufacturing in Australia over the past two decades.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

May 24 2018
46 mins
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Rank #15: The freedom that a start-up space agency presents Australia, Dr Jason Held, Saber Astronautics

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Following the announcement in the May budget that Australia would be forming its own space agency, there has been heavy debate as to which state would be best suited for its location.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Dr Jason Held of Saber Astronautics joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the recent opportunities that have presented themselves, while also looking at the current state of the Australian space landscape, which is per capita the fastest growing new space market in the world, and what the future is likely to hold for space industry within Australia.

He will share why he thinks that limiting manufacturing hubs to specific states could be detrimental to the growth of the sector, unpack what a space agency is in its simplest form and discuss how being a start-up space agency gives Australia incredible freedom in how it develops.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Aug 09 2018
42 mins
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Rank #16: Innovation in defence – how Australia stacks up, Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems

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Australia is well known for its high standards in the innovation space and the high calibre of graduates coming through the ranks. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, BAE Systems chief technology officer Nigel Whitehead joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss innovation in the Australian Defence force and the changes within the industry over the last 20 years. Nigel shares his views on Australia’s position in the innovation space, why he believes the Australian education system is producing higher level graduates than the UK and what role engineers are playing in innovation.

Aug 08 2019
32 mins
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Rank #17: Evolution of cyber security, Matthew Gollings and Patrick Batch

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On this week’s episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Accenture ANZ defence lead Matthew Gollings and BCT Solutions co-founder Patrick Batch to discuss Accenture’s acquisition of BCT Solutions, their partnership moving forward and what it means for tech and AI within the defence industry.

Gollings and Batch reflect on their time in the defence industry, the skills they have been able to transfer into leading their teams and advice for SMEs looking to enter an acquisition arrangement.

They also discuss the work and programs Accenture is currently undertaking in the defence industry, how they are approaching innovation, their growth plan and what technologies they will be focusing on in the future for defence.

Jul 18 2019
26 mins
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Rank #18: Thales’ ongoing involvement in the SEA 1000 program, Adam Waldie, Thales

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Submarine technology continues to advance, with new threats being the driving force behind this development. Thales believes its previous experience with Australian submarine fleets enables it to embrace this changing landscape and create a superior product in the SEA 1000 program.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Adam Waldie, SEA 1000 capture leader for Thales, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his role in the SEA 1000 program, which will see Thales involved in the building of 12 new submarines, and how their current involvement with Collins will influence their ongoing technological development. Waldie also discusses Australia’s involvement in the development of technology for this project, Thales’ current relationship with the Australian Defence Force and how the company is approaching the tender process for optronics and sonar to best display its advantage.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jun 22 2018
23 mins
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Rank #19: How geospatial imagery is aiding US border security, Patrick Stewart, US Border Patrol

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US Border Patrol’s top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the US while welcoming all legitimate travellers and commerce. A role aided by the implementation of geospatial imagery, mobile technology and consistent systems. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Assistant Chief of the US Border Patrol Patrick Stewart joins host Phil Tarrant following his address at the Australian Security Summit to discuss how the US is utilising technology to implement its security directives at the nation’s borders. Having joined Border Patrol the day following the September 11 attacks, Stewart will share how that event has changed the way in which they operate, share his thoughts on if technology will advance to a point where human interaction is no longer necessary, and discuss how Australia compares to the rest of the world in terms of border protection.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jul 26 2018
32 mins
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Rank #20: CIVSEC 2018 – A focus on future threats

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International in relevance, but with a focus on Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, CIVSEC 2018 offered key insights into the evolving national and social security sectors, and how threats will be combated in the future.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant records from CIVSEC 2018 with a number of key industry leaders receiving insights that are alarming in terms of emerging threats, but reassuring in how industry, and Australia, is reacting.

John Kendall, director of border and national security programs at Unisys, discusses biometrics and border security developments. His colleague Alan Seymour, business relationship manager for enterprise solutions at Unisys Australia, looks at the relationship between civil industries and Defence, and how those lines have become significantly blurred.

Michael Puckridge, VP of sales Australasia for Sintelix, shares how the Adelaide-based business is making a worldwide impact with organisations in criminal and defence industries through to businesses like Lego. Adam Neale, APAC regional sales manager from Cyber Gym, also looks at cyber attacks and the Israeli influence that they are bringing to Australia along with their ethical hackers.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team.

May 11 2018
39 mins
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