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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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    • 4.6 • 46 Ratings

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.

    Harnessing local capability to realise growth potential— Mark Burgess, managing director and CEO of Quickstep

    Harnessing local capability to realise growth potential— Mark Burgess, managing director and CEO of Quickstep

    In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Mark Burgess, managing director and CEO of Quickstep, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his firm’s growing contribution to Australian Industry Capability.
    Burgess explains how Quickstep has transformed in recent years to become one of Australia’s most promising defence and aerospace companies, supporting key Defence projects, including the Joint Strike Fighter program.
    The CEO also discusses the importance of building Australia’s sovereign industrial capability, noting how Quickstep is working to foster greater local participation in the defence industry supply chain.
    Finally, Burgess unveils how the ASX-listed company plans to leverage its recent acquisition of a Boeing subsidiary to support Quickstep’s growth ambitions.
    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 39 min
    Supporting naval capability at home and abroad — Rear Admiral Clint Thomas CSC

    Supporting naval capability at home and abroad — Rear Admiral Clint Thomas CSC

    In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, retired Rear Admiral Clint Thomas CSC, managing director of award-winning business Serco Defence, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss how his business is meeting the needs of the maritime industry.

    RADM Thomas outlines how Serco’s current $1.5 billion suite of maritime projects are helping to support naval capability both domestically and internationally.

    The MD also explains how Serco has adapted to the changing operational environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he expects recent challenges to shape the future of the defence industry.

    RADM Thomas goes on to discuss recruitment challenges in the space, outlining how Serco has sought to gain an advantage over its competitors to attract new talent.

    Finally, the Navy veteran reveals Serco Defence’s next steps, explaining how the business aims to grow and evolve to ensure it continues to offer industry-leading services.
    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 28 min
    Unpacking the impact of changing regional dynamics

    Unpacking the impact of changing regional dynamics

    With each passing day the regional balance of power is evolving, setting the stage for a big year for Defence and defence industry as Australia prepares for the challenges of the 2020s.

    In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper recap all the very latest in Australian Defence, defence industry and national security policy news.

    Phil and Steve discuss the geo-strategic environment and challenges facing incoming US President Joe Biden, particularly in the aftermath of recent provocative actions against Taiwan by the People’s Republic of China.

    The pair also talk about an opinion piece by retired Major General, now senator, Jim Molan about the government’s plans to acquire the Apache and the flurry of feedback from Defence Connect’s readership.

    Finally, the pair also discuss some of the new year success stories for Australian defence industry leaders; Sydney-based advanced manufacturing powerhouse Quickstep and Canberra-based cyber security company archTIS.
    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 31 min
    INSIGHT: Forging a new path — Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC

    INSIGHT: Forging a new path — Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC

    Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC reveals his next steps after deciding to forge a new career following 34 years of full-time serve with the Royal Australian Navy.
    In this episode of the Defence Insight Podcast, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard joins host Phil Tarrant, to discuss the Navy veteran’s future.

    The pair delve into Rear Admiral Goddard’s 34-year journey with the ADF, with the senior serviceman revealing the skills and lessons his learned along the way.  

    Rear Admiral Goddard also explains why he’s chosen to transition into a new career, and discusses his new role at philanthropic organisation, the Minderoo Foundation.
    Finally, the Navy veteran provides his thoughts on the future of maritime security and Australia's broader defence strategy. 

    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 41 min
    Looking ahead for defence and defence industry in 2021

    Looking ahead for defence and defence industry in 2021

    With a sigh of relief we have seen the end of 2020, but this new year is set to be a big year for Defence and defence industry as Australia prepares for the challenges of the 2020s.

    In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper recap the year that was 2020 and some of the early announcements kicking off what is sure to be a huge 2021.

    The pair discuss the government’s decision to replace the ARH Tiger’s with the venerable Boeing AH-64E Apache and the arrival of NUSHIP Supply, the first of the Navy’s next generation AOR replenishment vessels.

    Phil and Steve then briefly discuss the geo-strategic environment and challenges facing incoming US President Joe Biden, and what we can expect over the next four years.

    Finally, the pair also discuss some of the new year success stories for Australian defence industry leaders; Sydney-based advanced manufacturing powerhouse Quickstep and Canberra-based cyber security company archTIS.
    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 34 min
    Invaluable lessons from a career in Defence – Emily Frizell, CEO AeroPM

    Invaluable lessons from a career in Defence – Emily Frizell, CEO AeroPM

    Following a career with the Air Force spanning more than a decade, the lessons learned supporting defence have proven invaluable for the high stakes world of defence industry.

    In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Emily Frizell, founder and CEO of AeroPM and Female Defence Leader of the Year at Defence Connect’s 2020 Australian Defence Industry Awards joins Steve Kuper (Defence Connect analyst and editor) to talk about the transformative year that was 2020.

    The pair discuss the skills and lessons learned as a woman in the traditionally male dominated world of the military and how they now support Frizell in her role as CEO of AeroPM.

    They also explore the challenges and opportunities faced by both AeroPM and defence industry as a whole throughout 2020 and how the company has positioned itself as a partner of choice for the ADF.

    Finally, Frizell and Kuper discuss the opportunities on the horizon as the company and defence industry seek to play an important role in the nation’s post-COVID economic recovery.

    Enjoy the podcast,
    The Defence Connect team

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Kurt Billson ,

Love it

This has always been a good podcast but it’s really stepped up a gear recently. Great guests and Phil navigates the conversations well.

Pezzarooney ,

Great chat

Really enjoyed the Chris Pyne podcast, great interview and some commentary from Chris I’ve never heard before. Thanks for sharing.

themadmouse ,

Great guests

You’ve had some great guests on lately. Chief of Air Force and Chief of Army to mention a few. Keep them coming. Finding the discussions engaging and on point. A real asset to growing a positive narrative around defence and national security

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