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Today's Defence Week leads with a recent Senate hearing into significant redactions made to a recent Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report on Hawkei, reportedly justified on the grounds of national security and commercial interests. Labour MP Julian Hill raised concerns about the troubling precedent set by a company using Section 37 of the Auditor General Act 1997 to challenge the independence of the ANAO.

In other news, Deputy Editor Nigel Pittaway asks whether a UK Wedgetail buy will truly benefit Australian industry, I visit UNSW's satellite lab to talk space, the first Military International Drone Racing Tournament hints at growing cultures of innovation in the ADF and NZDF, an Australian Industry Group report highlights a shortage of digital skills, Australia's latest icebreaker looks for industry partners, and the RAAF takes delivery of the 10th F-35A.

Lastly, the current house announcements: forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey are available now (due Nov 16), as well as Expressions of Interest for next year's Essington Lewis Awards (due Nov 23). Please contact Katherine Ziesing for Top 40 forms and Awards Coordinator Jess Havard for Essington Lewis Awards enquiries.

Ewen Levick

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The Senate hearing looked under the bonnet of the redacted ANAO report on Hawkei.

Senate concerned about precedent set by ANAO report on Hawkei

The redacted ANAO report into Hawkei was the subject of a Senate hearing on Friday last week. All parties were in the room to explain just what was behind the extraordinary redaction measure. Read more
Exactly how Australian industry will benefit from the British Wedgetail buy is far from clear.

Will a UK Wedgetail buy benefit Australian industry?

Exactly how Australian industry will benefit from a UK Wedgetail buy, and by how much, is far from clear. Read more
Benjamin Southwell, Dr Eamonn Glennon, Prof Andrew Dempster, Dr Joon Wayn Cheong, and Dr William Crowe with a model of the cubesat in the ACSER lab, UNSW Sydney.
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UNSW team drives Australian presence in space

Attend any space-related conference in Australia, and you’ll find one acronym crops up time and again – UNSW. Read more
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove presents Captain James Jenkins the runner up trophy for the International Drone Racing Tournament.

Tactics and innovation in military drone racing

Teams from Australia, NZ, Thailand, the UAE and UK fought it out on the track with the hope of being crowned the world’s best military drone racing team. Read more
The AIG stressed that it was the first time that its annual survey had highlighted a shortage of digital skills.

Digital skills essential for Australian business growth

The recent Workforce Development Needs Survey Report 2018 conducted by the Australian Industry Group (AIG) raised a significant red flag about the lack of digital skills within the current Australian workforce. Read more
A concept image of the RSV Nuyina on ice.

Icebreaker looking for industry partnerships

A $1.91 billion investment by the Commonwealth, the RSV Nuyina will act as a scientific research platform, icebreaker and resupply ship in one. A range of support services will be required over the expected 30-year life of the vessel. Read more
The RAAF’s tenth F-35A on the flight line at Luke Air Force Base.

Australia takes delivery of another F-35

The tenth F-35A to be delivered to the RAAF has arrived at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona. Read more
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