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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 Warfare As 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 Warfare As 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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Defence Connect Podcast

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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 Warfare As 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: 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 #2: The Royal Automobile Club of Australia’s connection with defence industry, Simon Perdriau, Armament Technologies Cell

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Founded in 1903, the Royal Automobile Club of Australia incorporating Imperial Service Club Limited has a strong link to both the growth of motorists' interests and Australia's early military efforts. Today, the club is now home to ongoing events, extensive facilities and a strong following of members.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, strong advocate for the club Simon Perdriau joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss both his current defence career in the Armament Technologies Cell, and what attracted him to joining the Royal Automobile Club of Australia.

Perdriau will discuss the civilian sector of defence industry, including the cross collaboration between uniformed and non-uniformed defence personnel, his advice for those wanting to enter into the defence sector, and what needs to be done to create a wider understanding of the scope of careers available within defence beyond uniform.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

May 03 2019
20 mins
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Rank #3: How the integration of autonomous systems is shifting the future of minehunting, Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman

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In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by the director of international mine warfare programs at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Gene Cumm, to discuss how they are aiding the development of an autonomous future for the minehunting sector.

Cumm will define minehunting versus minesweeping, discuss the transition into an autonomous minehunting model that Northrop Grumman is currently implementing, and analyse its effectiveness compared with a more traditional method.

With the shift to an autonomous system having faced some challenges, Cumm will reveal how the company’s work with the Autonomous Warrior program last year has attracted an influx of interest from defence partners, how the technology is being shaped, and the opportunities available to SMEs should the Australian Defence Force implement the demonstrated technology.

Finally, Cumm will discuss the upcoming demonstrations in the Queensland area that Northrop Grumman will be involved in, and share his thoughts on the benefit of defence personnel seeing the system operate in their navy’s own waters. Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

May 02 2019
25 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: PODCAST: Combat management systems and the new Hunter Class, Andy Keough, SAAB Australia

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The SEA 5000 Future Frigate announcement has been hotly anticipated in recent months with those bidding for the contract joining the Defence Connect Podcast to discuss their submissions. The announcement has today been made with BAE securing the $35b contract.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Andy Keough managing director for SAAB Australia joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss their involvement in the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program, which will see them continuing their already strong partnership with Lockheed Martin to integrate a common core operating system and interface across all navy fleets.

Keough also discusses SAAB’s subs in schools program and how it is attracting an ongoing stream of young talent into the industry, unpacks Australia’s position and reputation within the SAAB organisation, and discusses the company’s future plans within the defence industry.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Jun 29 2018
30 mins
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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: The limitless applications and utilities of a growing drone ecosystem, Rob Sutton, Mirragin Aerospace Consulting

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In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by engineer, project manager and solution integrator at Mirragin Aerospace Consulting, Rob Sutton, to discuss Australia's role as a leader in the growing drone sector and its place in defence industry.

Sutton will share how Mirragin is tailoring solutions to an array of clients while unpacking the vast capability of drone technology across multiple industries in everything from communications to surveillance and maintenance.

Having served with the military himself, Sutton will reflect on his time in uniform and the transition of his interests into the drone sector, and discuss Australia's place in the future of the technology.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

May 09 2019
29 mins
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Rank #13: Remembering the heroes of Hamel 100 years on, Stephen Dando - Collins, author

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The battle of Hamel is remembered for introducing tactics that dramatically turned the tide against the Germans and changed the way that war is fought. A story noted for its speed, tactics, bravery, and the fact that for the first time in history American troops fought under Australian command.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, author Stephen Dando – Collins joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss this battle 100 years on, and to discuss his take on the events that took place and how he approached them when writing his book “Heroes of Hamel”.

Dando – Collins will discuss his family link to the war, why he chooses to do his own research and the experiences that he has had as a result.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jul 06 2018
33 mins
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Rank #14: How naval shipbuilding is shaping the future of Australian defence, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Royal Australian Navy

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2018 has been a year dominated by naval shipbuilding in Australia. Defence Connect Podcast host Phil Tarrant is joined by Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Commander of the Australian Fleet, for an in-depth conversation about the $90 billion naval shipbuilding plan, industry opportunities and the operational utility of a larger fleet.

RADM Mead will unpack his experience across Navy's growing procurement agenda, his current role and responsibilities within the service, and a focus on attracting and retaining the right talent within the broader ADF.

He will also address the media scrutiny surrounding shipbuilding programs, including the Hunter Class frigates and Attack Class submarines, and how the upcoming ventures will shape Australia's naval shipbuilding sector going forward.

Finally, the pair will also discuss how Navy is committed to improving relationships with industry to increase the speed and efficiency of the procurement process while ensuring that Navy maintains its technological edge now and into the future.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Jan 10 2019
34 mins
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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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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Rank #17: Maintaining a strong Australian identity within defence, Vince Di Pietro and Neale Prescott, Lockheed Martin

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Having doubled their employees since 2016 and further growth expected in the coming years, partly as a result of the pending arrival of the F-35 in Australia, Lockheed Martin is continuing to add to Australia's thriving defence sector while still holding strong to their Australian identity.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, chief executive of Lockheed Australia Vince Di Pietro and business development director for Lockheed Martin RMS Neale Prescott join host Phil Tarrant to further discuss the company's contribution to the Australian economy and to unpack the changes that have aided its growth.

They will discuss the work they are completing, which is set to integrate Lockheed's technological systems across all defence platforms while also analysing the current combat systems used across everything from submarines to within the Future Frigate program and the upcoming F-35s, and the jobs that the integration of these systems are creating for Australian workers, both in the major hubs and regional centres.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Aug 23 2018
28 mins
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Rank #18: Recruiting the Australian defence force of tomorrow, Sue McGready, Department of Defence

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The Australian Defence Force offers more than 200 rewarding career paths spanning from aviation to hospitality and everything in between.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Director of General Defence Force Recruiting with the Department of Defence Sue McGready CSC joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the defence industry professionals of tomorrow. She will discuss the recruitment process, including what can be expected for those taking part in the aptitude test, and unpack the options that they offer to provide interested candidates with the opportunity to experience a particular field.

McGready will discuss her role with the Department of Defence and why she feels that having a volunteer staff base is beneficial to their mission, analyse how the success of their department is measured and share stories of the high points of her career to date. Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Aug 30 2018
28 mins
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Rank #19: Defence industry’s communication opportunities in the digital age, Brendan Maxwell, The Decisive Point

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Social media and the digital age has given a voice to many who may have previously gone unheard and while some organisations are making an active effort to try to minimise the impact that this can have on their public image, it is those that are embracing this changing landscape that are noticing the full potential it offers for their brand awareness.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, The Decisive Point’s Brendan Maxwell joins host Phil Tarrant to explore the exciting opportunity that defence industry now has to communicate with the Australian public, build trust, tell stories and create transparency.

He will discuss the role of concise communication in attracting the best talent into defence industry, the importance of unity in purpose and share why real people telling real stories is a winning formula for defence communications.

Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team

Aug 02 2018
38 mins
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Rank #20: WA’s position in the defence supply chain, senator Linda Reynolds CSC

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Western Australia has attracted some negativity surrounding their potential for shipbuilding capability and their aptitude as a key participant in the defence supply chain.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by senator Linda Reynolds CSC to discuss this criticism and WA’s relationship with South Australia. She will unpack how her history in defence has aided in achieving progress within the Senate and share her thoughts on WA’s potential and shaping the local SME sector.

Seeing the benefits of a strong defence industry to the WA economy, Reynolds will also discuss the ongoing potential of WA’s involvement in the space sector, and share her thoughts on the new inquiry being conducted to examine transition out of the ADF.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect Team

Jun 07 2018
38 mins
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