About Defence Connect
Defence Connect is the only truly integrated platform connecting industry with defence.
This fresh new approach has transformed the way in which defence and industry connect, merging traditional media with a sophisticated digital platform supported by big data and social media that will underpin the defence industry’s drive to better collaborate, connect and engage.
Defence Connect has increased connectivity and engagement between government, military and industry – helping to deliver greater capabilities to Australia’s Defence Force
Geared for tomorrow’s defence industry – and a truly integrated, networked defence force backed by the Defence White Paper – Defence Connect represents an ambitious new approach that supports the evolving defence sector as it responds to the challenges posed by expanding domains of warfare as well as traditional threats.
Defence Connect empowers all businesses, agencies, departments and institutions involved in defence procurement and delivering defence capabilities
Linking defence and industry
The Defence Connect platform supports industry engagement across these key interconnected channels:
Industry partners and stakeholders
Defence Connect engages senior leadership across the defence industry, including:
- CASG (Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group)
- Department of Defence, including the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group), Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG), Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG), Chief Finance Officer Group (CFOG), Defence People Group (DPG) and Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group (SP&I)
- Navy, Army, Air Force, Intelligence and Joint Operations Command
- Federal Ministries, including Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Cabinet Ministers, Ministers, Senators and related departments
- State Ministries, Ministers and related departments
- Prime contractors, such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Finmeccanica, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Thales
- SME contractors across the spectrum of defence acquisition and sustainment
- Defence force establishments, institutes, academies and think tanks
Supporting capability acquisition and sustainment
Australia’s future defence capabilities have been reinforced by the 2016 Defence White Paper, which sets out the strategy and investment for defence spending for the years ahead.
Over the next decade the government has committed $195 billion to defence investment across six core capability sectors – resulting in significant commercial opportunities for the defence industry.
Geared for tomorrow’s defence industry Defence Connect represents an ambitious new approach that supports the evolving defence sector as it responds to the challenges posed by expanding domains of warfare as well as traditional threats
Greater connectivity between government and the defence industry is critical to the implementation of the 2016 Defence White Paper and connected 2016 Integrated Investment Program, helping to strengthen Australia’s future security and prosperity while projecting it on the international stage.
Closer links between all sectors of defence industry – government, defence, prime contractors, SMEs, think tanks and policy institutes plus academia – will support these objectives, with Defence Connect central to forging collaboration, connectivity and transparency as well as helping to drive the business of defence.
The business behind Defence Connect
Defence Connect is powered by one of Australia most progressive and successful media businesses.
With over of decade of experience, Momentum Media has been highly awarded for its ability to create energised and connected professional communities.
Today the business connects an audience of over a million across professional sectors including legal, finance, wealth, retirement, investment, SME, property and real estate.
Momentum’s experience in creating and evolving these communities can now be translated to the defence sector, with the re-launch of www.defenceconnect.com.au and the launch of the Defence Connect integrated platform a milestone not only for Momentum Media but also for Australia’s defence industry.
Through a strategic multi-platform approach, Defence Connect will increase connectivity and engagement between government, military and industry – helping to deliver greater capabilities to Australia’s Defence Force.
Key team members and contacts
Director – Defence and Space, Momentum Media
Phillip is a journalist and media executive with over 15 years’ experience, in a media career that spans finance, business, economics, international politics and development. He has lead the launch and growth of a range of award-winning business platforms and is recognised for his expertise in building highly connected professional communities. Phillip has a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Journalist, Defence Connect
Steve has an extensive career in government, having previously worked for senior cabinet ministers at both federal and state levels, most recently for the Premier of New South Wales. He has a policy background with specialities in defence, foreign affairs, infrastructure development, industry, economics and employment. Steve has a Masters of International Relations and Bachelor’s degree in History and Politics; he is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Economics with the University of Sydney.
Journalist, Defence Connect
Louis is an experienced journalist, joining the Defence Connect team from Fox Sports News where he worked as a reporter helping to shape live-to-air coverage. Louis has experience working across all platforms of media and has a keen interest in defence and national security having grown up in a military family – with his father a high-ranking officer. He holds a Diploma of Journalism from Macleay College.
Partnerships Manager, Defence Connect
Joe Vince has a background in the military and marketing. As a Royal Marines Commando he served on a number of deployments, including Afghanistan and Africa, before making the transition from a uniform to a suit. After leaving the Military in 2014 Joe traveled to Australia, joining a large IT company as a digital marketing specialist. Joe subsequently joined the Defence Connect team as a partnerships manager, tasked with developing commercial relationships with primes, SMEs and other defence industry stakeholders to enhance their connectivity with defence and defence industry.
Head of Partnerships, Defence Connect
William is an experienced sales executive with extensive knowledge working in government and policy-related industries. He has worked closely with numerous organisations, from large multinationals to government and the SME sector, to support business growth initiatives. He has a track record of developing marketing and event partnerships that position companies as market leaders and assist in business growth and revenue generation. William is ideally positioned to support defence businesses and manufacturers to translate their technical capabilities and products into marketable activities that connect with customers.
Senior Communications Adviser – Defence and Space, Momentum Media
The founder of Defence Connect, Victoria Lewis has been instrumental to the development of the brand, and for five years has kept Australia’s defence industry informed of key events and delivered essential market intelligence related to defence procurement. Momentum Media acquired Defence Connect from Victoria in September 2016; she will support the development of the interconnected platform as a key industry advocate, adviser and market facilitator.
Media Director, Momentum Media
Russell Stephenson is a media executive with a career spanning 13+ years working across a range of professional sectors, including marketing, mortgages, wealth, legal and small to medium enterprises. As head of defence at Momentum Media, Russell’s core focus is the commercial development of the Defence Connect platform coupled with delivering greater distribution and connectivity to all defence industry stakeholders.
Head of Editorial, Momentum Media
Katarina is a journalist and editor, and currently leads the editorial team at Momentum Media. She has launched several media platforms and events driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences. Katarina cut her teeth on the financial and professional services suite of products at Momentum Media, and has since broken some of the biggest stories superannuation and tax stories in Australia – particularly in relation to legislative and regulatory reform. She has both lived and studied abroad, including in South-East Asia and the United States.