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Australian Defence Magazine


We lead today with a hint of major changes that might be on the way for training areas in Australia's north, according to Brigadier Mark Brewer, Director-General US Force Posture Initiative. Speaking at ADM's Northern Australia Defence Summit in Darwin last week, BRIG Brewer asked whether traditional training areas are still fit for purpose and advocated for 'autonomous and mobile targetry with a [laser] shootback capability'.

In other news, I cover the launch of the Defence Innovation Hub in Sydney, RADM (Ret'd) Peter Briggs calls for government to consider a future nuclear submarine capability, Emma Cygan discusses the difficulties of user-proofing military vehicles, Australian veteran-owned company BenchOn is nominated for the Sage Power 50 business showcase, Broadspectrum launches an ambitious Indigenous engagement plan, and the ADF deploys to Port Moresby for APEC.

And as always, the current house announcements: forms for this year's Top 40 Defence Contractors survey are available now (due Nov 16 but early responses are very welcome!), 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

Online Editor

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02 9213 8249

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Latest News

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Australian Army officer trainees conduct a patrol during the Royal Military College training activity near Townsville, Queensland.

Major changes afoot in the north

Significant potential changes to the ADF’s training ranges in Queensland and the NT were foreshadowed at the recent Northern Australia Defence Summit. Read more
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Dr David Kershaw, Minister Blair, Senator David Fawcett, Air Marshal (retd) John Harvey, William Hutchinson, CMDR Peter Scott opening the DIN.
Defence Innovation Network

NSW Defence Innovation Network bridges academia and industry

The NSW government launched the Defence Innovation Network (DIN) at Parliament House in Sydney on Tuesday, bringing together industry and academia to boost the state's defence sector. Read more
The US nuclear-powered submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Indiana departs to conduct sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean.
US Navy

Australia should consider nuclear subs: ASPI

RADM (Ret’d) Peter Briggs has released a report through ASPI calling for the government to give serious consideration to acquiring nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs). Read more
An ASLAV from 2nd Cavalry Regiment conducts a river crossing.

How to user-proof a military vehicle

Military vehicles endure extreme conditions during their lifetime. How can the steering systems of these vehicles take on temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius? Read more
Veteran-owned business BenchOn’s Power 50 nomination comes ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney, an event showcasing the remarkable abilities of veterans.

BenchOn nominated as Power 50 veteran-owned business

BenchOn has been nominated to be part of the Sage Power 50, an inaugural collection of businesses that is a unique showcase of 50 leading veteran run or owned businesses from across Australia, the UK, US, and Canada. Read more
[Aerospace Australia Ltd]
Broadspectrum Wellsite Operator and local Indigenous artist, Anthony Turnbull; students from Chinchilla State High School, Madison McConville, Sheila Stober, Blade Neslon, Cobi Zerbst, and Shivaree Herbert; Broadspectrum Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nick Miller. Credit: Broadspectrum

Broadspectrum launches Indigenous engagement plan

Reconciliation Australia has joined Broadspectrum to launch the company’s fourth Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at Chinchilla in Queensland. Read more
[Aust Warrior Expo]
Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Earley talks with PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

ADF supports APEC security in Port Moresby

The ADF is supporting the hosting of APEC 2018 in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby. Read more
[Ocean Software]
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ADM's Defence Week 514 PDF Version

The full version of Defence Week can be downloaded here as a PDF, plus a separate PDF of the weekly tenders. Read more
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Australian Defence Magazine - Current Edition

ADM October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of Australian Defence Magazine - Defence in the North. Read more

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Following the official launch of the new ASDEFCON Technical Data/ Intellectual Property (TD/IP) framework on 11 April, roadshows have been scheduled around the country from May to July 2018. Read more


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