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November 13, 2014

The ADM team is scattered around the country this week with Julian Kerr in Fremantle for the SIA conference and myself in Canberra at MilCIS. We have coverage of both events thus far below to keep you in the loop with these two disparate Defence communities.
In other news, this week's edition seems to cover a lot of naval issues but there are contract updates, teaming announcements and much more on offer this week.
Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to fill in the short reader survey already but it would be great to see some more responses to help make ADM the best it can be. 


Katherine Ziesing
M. 0419 014 308
T. 02 6203 9535

Alliance structure led to AWD problems: Austal

Austal CEO Andrew Bellamy has nominated the Alliance structure as largely responsible for cost overruns in the AWD program, and confirmed Austal's potential interest in the acquisition of ASC should it be offered for sale by the Commonwealth.  more»

MilCIS at a glance

Opening the 2014 event, Chief Information Officer Dr Peter Lawrence gave delegates some context about how CIOG has been operating over the last 12 months and the likely effects of 2015 given the raft of new defence documents set to be released.  more»

European companies getting in on the great sub debate

Lobbying by European companies vying to build Australia's Future Submarine has intensified, with the chief executives of French naval systems group DCNS and Sweden's Saab both in Australia within a week of each other.  more»

Armidales in 'dire condition' - Serco

Profits from running Australia's immigration detention centres have been substantially propping up the finances of UK outsourcing company Serco, which is facing increased losses from other contracts it holds.  more»

Weather radar a must for RAAF Tritons?

It seems that the operation of Global Hawks in the Pacific region is hampered by the annual monsoon season, primarily because the RQ-4Bs do not have the ability to detect and avoid thunderstorms and other extreme weather events.  more»

Cirrus secures development contracts across RAAF, Army and RAN

Cirrus managing director Peter Freed has announced that the company has secured a range of development contracts across each service branch of the ADF.  more»

Cogito wins NZDF work

Cogito Group, an Australian SME that specialises in digital security and systems integration, has been engaged to assist NZDF in planning the implementation of stronger authentication and access-enabled solutions.  more»

Northrop Grumman supports ACCS

Northrop Grumman Corporation in partnership with the UNSW, Canberra/Australian Defence Force Academy is providing a AU$35,000 grant to the ACCS.  more»

Aussie propulsion for ScanEagle?

Western Australia's Orbital has delivered the first purpose-built ScanEagle UAV propulsion system to Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc, for in-house testing and development.  more»

People on the move

The latest in defence appointments.  more»

Sophisticated attacks spur "Intelligence Aware" firewalls

Network security has to evolve, says Gartner's Privacy and Security Research director, Laurence Pingree.  more»

Lasers to zap pesky drones

Drones cruising through Chinese airspace may be set for rude awakening, with local scientists reportedly developing a laser capable of shooting the vehicles out of the sky.  more»

January liftoff for MUOS-3

The US Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the third MUOS spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.  more»

Defence Week Premium 326 PDF versions

The full version of Defence Week Premium no.326 of 13 November 2014 can be downloaded here as a PDF. A separate PDF of the latest Defence tenders can also be downloaded here.  more»








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