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How defence contractor Lockheed Martin Australia is boosting numbers of women in its workforce

Rates of women’s participation in STEM professions have only seen modest improvements in recent years. Despite representing 50 percent of Australia’s overall workforce, just 28 percent of current STEM-skilled workers are women - up from 24 percent in 2016. Within the Defence industry, the representation of women is smaller, at 19.2 percent – and a…

4 Aug 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

NT’s role in quashing geopolitical tensions with China

China has stepped up its encroachment in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, penning a security deal with one of Australia’s closest neighbours. The deal, which could allow the Chinese military near-unfettered access to the Solomon Islands – including the stationing and replenishment of Chinese warships - is what Retired US Marine COL Grant Newsham sees…

20 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

A novel approach to sustaining defence industry

Creating an enduring industrial base for Defence projects is one of the most critical challenges Australia is facing in its bid to future-proof military capability. While efforts to improve domestic supply chains have helped make inroads, the nation’s relatively high manufacturing costs limit the efficacy of this approach. Tim Pickford and Millie Keating of defence…

22 Feb 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Win-win and partnerships in the rapid delivery of military capability

As Australia’s geopolitical relationships evolve and the strategic landscape becomes more complex, building sovereign capability on domestic shores is at the forefront of efforts to boost the nation’s warfighting efficacy. But with the threat outlook uncertain, how can the government optimise investment in its quest to future-proof military capability? While Defence budgets may now be…

15 Dec 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Sovereign, resilience and schedule assurance in defence space acquisition

With Australian Defence spending set to surpass the global benchmark at 2.5 percent of GDP, a series of key military acquisitions have emerged in what Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described as “the most consequential strategic realignment since the Second World War.” Beneath the seas, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire eight nuclear powered…

10 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Luke McLeod: How Defence is Transforming Base Services

Defence is entering a new paradigm, preparing to engage with industry on the fourth generation of lucrative contracts for Estate and Base Services. As Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price recently told Australian Defence Magazine (ADM), the department is getting ready to start engaging industry on future long-term contracts worth about $1.2 billion a year. “Defence wants to…

30 Sep 2021, by Skye Rytenskild

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Legal

Eliminating PFAS from firefighting sites – Fire & Rescue NSW

It has been three years since per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals once used in food packaging, cooking hardware and firefighting foam – were first banned in Australia, after being exposed as an environmental and health threat. Since then the body of evidence highlighting the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has grown, as have…

20 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

Australia needs a military approach to liquid fuel security – John Blackburn AO

Retired Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO has criticised Australia’s approach to ensuring national liquid fuel security ahead of the Australian Liquid Fuel Security Conference, claiming it has been “delayed, reactive, insufficient and out of touch”. Discussions around the preservation of Australia’s few remaining oil refineries began at the turn of the millennium - bolstered by…

7 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Northern Australia as a launch point for pushing Australian and US military and political influence north

Last month the Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) deployed its full complement of US Marines in the Northern Territory for the first time. A major milestone since the MRF-D began seconding troops to train alongside the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2012. Since then almost 7000 personnel have travelled for the six-month rotations, which involve various uni- and…

4 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Infrastructure

What you need to know about the renewal of the Defence estate

The Defence Estate is one of Australia’s largest real estate portfolios, supporting more than 100,000 personnel across the Australian Defence Organization. With many of its assets - bases, wharves, airfields, training and testing ranges - now considerably aged, developing and maintaining the estate was cited as a key priority of the 2016 Defence White Paper;…

20 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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