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Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) is dedicated to reporting the business of defence capability planning and procurement as well as reporting the development of infrastructure to support the ADF.

ADM's main objective is to provide an essential communications bridge between defence industry and its single source customer, the Department of Defence.

ADM also reports on the budgetary process, the policy development, the capability planning process and the procurement decisions which together provide the equipment and resources for Australia's defence force.

This podcast showcases the people and topics of interest to ADM and supplements the content found in the magazine.

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Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) is dedicated to reporting the business of defence capability planning and procurement as well as reporting the development of infrastructure to support the ADF.

ADM's main objective is to provide an essential communications bridge between defence industry and its single source customer, the Department of Defence.

ADM also reports on the budgetary process, the policy development, the capability planning process and the procurement decisions which together provide the equipment and resources for Australia's defence force.

This podcast showcases the people and topics of interest to ADM and supplements the content found in the magazine.

    Effective capability assurance & risk management for Defence, with Senator David Fawcett

    Effective capability assurance & risk management for Defence, with Senator David Fawcett

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Senator David Fawcett about his recent opinion piece on how Defence capability acquisition can be improved by ensuring that risk assessments are timely, accurate and transparent.
    We explore in detail the history of reports that detail Defence’s inconsistent record when it come to assessing risks in major project acquisition. Senator Fawcett gives us an insight into a solution for this issue: a statutory, independent Defence Capability Assurance Agency (DCAA) comprised of both Defence and industry staff which brings focus and consistency to risk assessment activities. During this discussion we cover the issues associated with complex acquisitions, how such an agency could be structured and how it would be funded.
    LINKS:
    Defence capability assurance and risk management– a case for change:
    www.senatorfawcett.com.au/2022/09/defence-capability-assurance-and-risk-management-a-case-for-change/
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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)).
    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.
    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.


    Hosted by Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick
    Producer: Steve Visscher


    Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022

    • 28 min
    Fostering the next generation of Defence Industry stars with Thales Australia, the University of Newcastle and the RobotX Challenge 2022

    Fostering the next generation of Defence Industry stars with Thales Australia, the University of Newcastle and the RobotX Challenge 2022

    In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Aaron Di Noia, electronics engineer, and Gavin Henry, business development manager, who are both from Thales Australia, along with Associate Professor Adrian Wills at the University of Newcastle. The discussion covers the importance of collaborating with Australian universities and supporting their students in order to expand the skillset of the next generation and advance the Defence industry.
    We get an insight into how Thales is currently undertaking these initiatives through the Robot X competition and their autonomous systems projects. The discussion also explores the benefits of collaboration between industry service providers, as well as the competition and legislation hurdles involved in these relationships.
    LINKS:
    RobotX Challenge 2022: robotx.org/
    Thales Australia's Maritime Teams Support the Next Generation of Innovators:
    www.thalesgroup.com/en/australia/news/thales-australias-maritime-teams-support-next-generation-innovators
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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (www.australiandefence.com.au).
    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.
    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.


    Hosted by Grant McHerron
    Editor: Jayden Wennholz
    Producer: Steve Visscher


    Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022

    • 25 min
    Expectations for the budget and Defence Strategic Review, with ASPI's Marcus Hellyer

    Expectations for the budget and Defence Strategic Review, with ASPI's Marcus Hellyer

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), about his views on the pending Defence Strategic Review and possible impacts from the October budget.
    We discuss how the Labor Party may approach the review, the influence the parliamentary system has on the management of the ADF, and the impacts it has on the funding, timelines and viability of major Defence programs. Finally, we explore the challenges of defining the purpose of the ADF and establishing what types of capabilities could be prioritised.


    LINKS:
    Defence Strategic Review details announced:
    www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/defence-strategic-review-details-announced


    Defence Budget 2022-23 – a battle for influence:
    www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/defence-budget-2022-23-a-battle-for-influence


    ASPI report highlights potential funding shortfall:
    www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/budget-policy/aspi-report-highlights-potential-funding-shortfall
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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)).


    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.


    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.


    Hosted by Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick
    Editor: Chris Visscher
    Producer: Steve Visscher


    Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022

    • 37 min
    Improving the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet readiness through Plan Galileo, with Max Kufner at Thales Australia

    Improving the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet readiness through Plan Galileo, with Max Kufner at Thales Australia

    In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Max Kufner, Vice President Above Water Systems at Thales Australia. Max discusses Thales Australia's role in Defence's Future Maritime Sustainment Model (FMSM), part of Plan Galileo for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) which is aiming to further develop Australia’s sovereign capabilities.
    The discussion also gives us an insight into how the RAN assess the readiness of their fleet in addition to changes in their technology and manufacturing platforms surrounding the roll out of their new vessels. Finally, Max gives a glimpse into how the challenges in the marketplace and the increased tensions in the indo-pacific impact sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy.
    LINKS:
    Sustaining Australia’s warships is key to delivering strategic and economic security
    www.australiandefence.com.au/sponsored/sustaining-australia-s-warships-is-key-to-delivering-strategic-and-economic-security


    Above Water Systems at Thales Australia
    www.thalesgroup.com/en/above-water-systems


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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)).
    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.
    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.


    Hosted by Grant McHerron
    Producer - Steve Visscher


    Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022

    • 27 min
    Developing Australia’s autonomous systems and improving our sovereign capability, with Amanda Holt, CEO of SYPAQ

    Developing Australia’s autonomous systems and improving our sovereign capability, with Amanda Holt, CEO of SYPAQ

    In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Amanda Holt, CEO of SYPAQ about autonomous systems. SYPAQ is a veteran-owned business which has transformed from a professional services provider into a proven end-to-end systems integrator focused on autonomous systems.
    We start off by learning about the journey of SYPAQ in the Defence industry over the last 5 years, as well as their current presence in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Fishermans Bend and Rockingham. We then gain an insight into some of their projects such as their cardboard based logistics delivery drone (PPDS) and their recent man-portable small unmanned aerial system (SAUS) named CorvoX that has been submitted for LAND 129 Phase 4B.
    Amanda discusses the importance of sovereign capability, the rapid evolution of autonomous vehicle technology, different configurations for AI technology and operators, and the challenges of developing and implementing AI solutions. Finally, we get an update on the progress of SYPAQ’s recently opened Defence Autonomy Centre of Excellence in Fishermans Bend (DACE).


    LINKS:
    Cardboard drone, Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS): www.australiandefence.com.au/news/sypaq-gets-the-nod-for-logistics-uas


    CorvoX submitted for LAND 129 Phase 4B
    www.australiandefence.com.au/defence/land/sypaq-submits-solution-for-land-149-phase-4b


    SYPAQ’s Defence Autonomy Centre of Excellence (DACE)
    www.australiandefence.com.au/business/sypaq-opens-defence-autonomy-centre


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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (https://www.australiandefence.com.au (www.australiandefence.com.au)).


    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.


    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.


    Hosted by Grant McHerron
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    Australian Defence Magazine - © 2022

    • 33 min
    Developing the battlefield internet of things through automation and innovation, with Tim Pickford of Hanwha Defense Australia

    Developing the battlefield internet of things through automation and innovation, with Tim Pickford of Hanwha Defense Australia

    In this episode, Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick talk with Tim Pickford, Director of Strategy & Business Development at Hanwha Defense Australia.

    We start off by learning about the history of HDA and their approach to servicing the Defence industry and international opportunities, most recently with armoured, tracked vehicles. The discussion then explores how HDA is working to automate their suite of vehicles, training autonomous systems, and learning to work with these systems cohesively.

    Tim then gives us an insight into Hanwha's extensive portfolio of other services, including food, finance, construction and robotics. We also get a better understanding of how Hanwha is working to build a battlefield internet of things, in addition to some of their other projects surrounding improving battery technology and increasing welding performance to create armour. Finally, we wrap up by discussing the expansion of Hanwha in Australia and internationally.

    LINKS:
    Hanwha Defense Australia: www.hanwhadefense-intl.com/Australia/main
    Hanwha Defense: www.hanwha-defense.co.kr
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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title (www.australiandefence.com.au).

    The views of the people appearing on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Defence Magazine, the Department of Defence or the guests' employer.

    If you wish to use any of this podcast's audio, please contact Australian Defence Magazine via their website www.australiandefence.com.au or email them via defmag@yaffa.com.au to get involved.

    Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2022

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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Marto woo ,

Fantastic

Great podcast with some key topics being discussed

Jkel99 ,

A Podcast for the Australian Defence Industry

Finally a podcast for our defence industry in Australia.
Topical and relevant, this is something we've been missing.
Some great material in the first episode.
Looking forward to more.

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