18 episodes

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.

    Driving Australian Industry Capability for Hanwha's Huntsman & Redback projects and beyond, with Millie Keating

    Driving Australian Industry Capability for Hanwha's Huntsman & Redback projects and beyond, with Millie Keating

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Millie Keating, Industrial Development Unit Manager at Hanwha Defense Australia, about the Australian Industry Capability associated with the Huntsman and Redback projects.

    We start the episode with a quick review of Millie's career to date and her work at Hanwha, which moves into an overview of Hanwha's approach to AIC, their strategy for engaging with suppliers and supplying to Korea and other countries, not just Australia. Millie then provides information about some of the companies in Australia already engaged with Hanwha and their involvement within the supply chain.

    The discussion provides more information about the current status of Hanwha's AIC program, some of the activities in progress to secure additional opportunities and the assistance Hanwha is providing Australian organisations to help them prepare for working with Defence. This leads to a review of future opportunities for suppliers in Hanwha's Defence projects and the many projects Hanwha is engaged in outside of Defence.

    We wrap the episode with a look at the benefits to Hanwha from being involved with Australian industry, how their strategy for expansion within Australia was developed and the importance of developing the Defence industry, including education, training and marketing the benefits of careers in the industry.

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 20 min
    L3Harris Australia: seamless networks, autonomy and the Peregrine, with Alan Clements

    L3Harris Australia: seamless networks, autonomy and the Peregrine, with Alan Clements

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Alan Clements, managing director of L3Harris' Australian operations about integrated communications, autonomous vehicles and the new Peregrine platform.

    We start the episode talking about the importance of integrated communications networks that support a multi-level Defence environment, L3Harris' work in that area and the opportunities being made available through their Brisbane support facility. This leads to a review of the top three challenges to achieving a networked force and the need to have collaboration designed in from the beginning.

    The conversation moves on to the Iver Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, its capabilities, the opportunities L3Harris has identified for Iver in Australia and their involvement with academia on the development of autonomous vessels. We then shift to the RAAF's new MC-55A Peregrine ISREW aircraft, its general capabilities, how it will interact with other ADF platforms and the integration of information to provide usable battlefield knowledge.

    Alan also talks about the transfer of knowledge and technology to Australia, balancing AIC against ITAR and the challenge associated with keeping Peregrine updated over the course of its life. We wrap the episode by looking at the future for L3Harris in Australia, including Alan's priorities over the years ahead.

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 28 min
    PFG Group making waves in Tasmania with HDPE and their Sentinel tactical watercraft

    PFG Group making waves in Tasmania with HDPE and their Sentinel tactical watercraft

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Robert Inches, CEO of PFG Group, and Rear Admiral (ret) Steven Gilmore, Defence Advocate within the Tasmanian state government, about PFG's work with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), their watercraft and their recent contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

    We start the episode with a review of PFG's history, their products and the Sentinel tactical watercraft. We also look at Tasmania's challenging sea conditions and the importance of the ocean to many of the state's industries.

    The discussion then moves to the properties of HDPE and the benefits it brings to vessels made from this material along with PFG's 25 years of experience building HDPE boats. Robert then talks about some of their existing clients and the experiences and successes they've had using PFG's boats.

    Robert then confirms that PFG have recently signed a contract with the Royal New Zealand Navy to provide them with Sentinel watercraft, leading to the company hiring more people and achieving their goal of becoming a Defence provider. He also provides advice for SMEs looking to engage with Defence based on the lessons they have learned to date.

    Steven notes that this contract demonstrates the benefits Tasmania can provide for Defence work, ranging from working with Primes through to supplying whole of capability where suitable. He then provides information about the specific benefits HDPE craft can provide in a Defence environment, including easier in-situ repairs than other materials and its suitability for mine counter measures, hydrographic survey and covert operations.

    We wrap the episode with a discussion of the in-roads PFG is making with the Australian Defence Force and their involvement with autonomous water vessel projects.

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 26 min
    The Goal Group on Defence Readiness and expanding into International markets

    The Goal Group on Defence Readiness and expanding into International markets

    In this episode, Grant McHerron and Ewen Levick talk with Alan Rankins and Bret Barton from Goal Group, Australia's largest collaboration of SME organisations.

    The discussion starts with Alan & Bret talking about their Defence and industry careers and how their experiences lead to the formation of Goal Group, a veteran owned company with the view of "many minds, one goal." This leads to a review of Goal Group's Defence Ready seminars which address the need for SMEs to learn how to deal with the Australian Defence Force through practical training, not just theory.

    After reviewing the 13 seminar topics being offered by the programme and the benefits to be obtained from each one, the discussion addresses the main challenges, opportunities and support programmes for an SME wanting to export to other defence markets. Alan and Bret also discuss the changes they've seen over the past five to ten years with industry engagement and how the Defence global supply chain operates.

    We wrap up the episode with observations on working with the Defence primes along with the importance of using support and grant programs to bridge the funding gaps in often slow Defence processes. The final points are on the importance of differentiating your SME from others, especially for the International market.

    You can find more about the Defence Ready seminars at: www.hunterdefence.org.au/defenceready
    You can contact the Goal Group via 02 4967 4500 or at: www.goalgroup.com.au

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron & Ewen Levick
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 39 min
    Nanosized metasurfaces can revolutionise night vision

    Nanosized metasurfaces can revolutionise night vision

    In this episode, Grant McHerron talks with Andrei Komar, a research fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Physics, about a revolutionary new technology that could dramatically improve low light vision systems.

    The discussion opens with a review of Andrei's career to date and his current role at ANU. We also review the difference between image intensifiers and near infrared as compared to thermal imaging systems that work in far infrared and require cryogenic cooling to operate.

    From this we progress to a discussion of metasurfaces and the production of nanoscale products that are smaller than the wavelength of light, allowing researchers to develop a lattice on a film that converts near-infrared to visible light with the assistance of a laser. This leads to a discussion on the collaborative approach used to develop this technology and how the metasurface approach augments vision rather than replacing it with screens on boxes that block vision.

    We review the potential for using this technology in military and civilian environments before returning to assess the demonstration system's current capability and resolution. We also discuss the effort required to transition the demonstrator to a prototype, including the involvement of the Australian Research Council and industry to bring funds plus engineering talent that can help accelerate the process.

    We wrap the episode noting that while this technology is currently in the demonstration phase, the transition from fundamental research to commercial engineering will allow the technology to leap ahead of current systems, providing a major advantage to any commercial organisation involved.

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 39 min
    The Land Forces' Sovereign Defence Industry Breakfast Panel

    The Land Forces' Sovereign Defence Industry Breakfast Panel

    In this episode, we present the Sovereign Defence Industry Breakfast Panel from the Land Forces event held in Brisbane on Wednesday 3rd of June. Moderated by Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of Australian Defence Magazine, the panel featured Rob Nioa, Managing Director & Founder of Nioa, Jon Hawkins, CEO of Omni Executive and Jim McDowell, CEO of Nova Systems.

    The discussion started with the panellists giving their views on sovereignty and recommendations for how Defence industry can align with the government's Sovereign Industry Capability Priorities. This then moved on to observations on industry's ability to meet the increased rate of development and the sate of manufacturing in Australia.

    The discussion wraps with identifying the implementation gaps that must be addressed by government, Defence and industry in order to meet the SICPs, including necessary investment in Australian industry.

    This was an enlightening discussion and of great interest to the Defence industry. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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    The ADM Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of Australian Defence Magazine, a Yaffa Media title.

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

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

    Hosted by Grant McHerron
    Producer - Steve Visscher

    ©️ Australian Defence Magazine - 2021

    • 36 min

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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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