Perhaps former Foreign Minister Bob Carr has best summed up the event we witnessed yesterday, citing Donald Trump's election to the US Presidency as a "tectonic shift" and something akin to a "human molotov cocktail being hurled by an aggrieved population at Washington". But as former Ambassador to the US and former Defence Minister Kim Beazley also said, "Great pressure is about to come on us as a member of the only alliance his team unreservedly approves of – they'll look to us to play some sort of mitigating role in our region". He added, "We're going to have to think about how we handle our response because running away is not an option".
Minister for Defence Marise Payne has wasted no time in reminding the US that it continues to be Australia’s most important strategic partner through our long-standing Alliance. "For the past 70 years, the strong presence of the United States has underpinned the stability of our region," she said. And apparently President-elect Trump has already reassured PM Malcolm Turnbull that Australia's alliance was of "enormous importance to the US".
Returning to local affairs, the Navy's WA-based fleet tanker HMAS Sirius is in Sydney for major repairs, and defence industry looks set to benefit from F-35 repair work. Across the Tasman, there's a tender out for a new aircrew training capability and new battle management software for the NZ Army.
There are a large number of important defence industry relevant events concerning major projects in the coming months. See the listings in our PDF version of the newsletter or on our website,
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