About Defence Connect
Defence Connect (www.defenceconnect.com.au) is a media and market intelligence platform focused on increasing the connectivity of Australia’s defence and national security sectors while helping the defence industry capitalise on the largest spend in capability building since the Second World War.
It received the highly coveted accolade of Business Website of the Year at the 2018 Mumbrella Publish Awards.
The Defence Connect brand has gained rapid engagement with Defence and the defence industry, and is considered an essential source for breaking news, insights and market intelligence for the sector.
The platform now connects with 100,000+ defence and defence industry professionals every month across online, events, social and broadcast channels, delivering essential information to help organisations make more informed business decisions and deliver greater 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.
Defence Connect Events:
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS
For the first time in Australia, Defence Connect has created an awards program that reflects the comprehensive role of defence industry as a fundamental input to capability.Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.
AUSTRALIAN SPACE AWARDS
For the first time in Australia, Space Connect has created an awards program initiative that will showcase the nation’s best and brightest space businesses and professionals.
Recognising the leading individuals and businesses driving the development of Australia’s space economy, the Australian Space Awards universally acknowledges all space industry stakeholders - — from the major listed organisations and corporates servicing Australia’s space economy to SMEs, start-ups, academic institutions and associations.
The awards are open to all businesses operating in Australia supporting the space industry, including telecommunications, satellite, energy, mining and transport sectors as well as the defence, agriculture, disaster and water management industries. Winning a Space Award will be a desirable accolade for both individuals and businesses seeking to forge their role in the space industry.
The awards celebrate the best of the best in Australia’s space industry and will recognise the outstanding contribution of professionals and businesses working within the industry across 22 categories.
DEFENCE CONNECT WEBCASTS
With its own in-house studio, Defence Connect uses live-streaming technology to produce and distribute webcasts to audiences around Australia. These enable partners to expand their audience reach through informative, engaging and interactive content. Audiences can watch live on any device and interact through a live chat.
Key team members and contacts
Director – Defence and Aerospace, Momentum Media
Phillip is a journalist and media executive with over 20 years’ experience, in a media career that spans finance, business, economics, international politics and development. He has lead the launch, growth and acquisition 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.
Head of Strategy – Defence and Aerospace, Momentum Media
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.
Analyst and Editor – Defence, Momentum Media
Steve has an extensive career in government, having previously worked for senior cabinet ministers at both federal and state levels, including the Premier of New South Wales. He has a policy background with specialties 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.
Writer – Defence and Aerospace, Momentum Media
After graduating from a Bachelor of Laws from Curtin University, Western Australia, Sandy has interned at the Embassy of Afghanistan to Japan (Political & Press Office) and worked in communications at SANDEMANs New Europe GmbH in Germany. A keen writer and commentator, he is a regular contributor to the Times of Israel – where he writes about defence, strategic policy and Middle Eastern geopolitics.
Deputy Editor – Aerospace, Momentum Media
Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly and Men’s Health.
Senior Media Strategist, Defence and Aerospace
Joe 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 Momentum Media as a media strategist, tasked with developing commercial relationships with primes, major manufacturers, SMEs and other defence and aerospace industry stakeholders to enhance their connectivity with key markets globally as well as in Australia.
Media Strategist, Defence and Aerospace
Andrew has worked in media for 20 years. With extensive experience supporting brands to connect with, and influence, their target markets, he’s ideally placed to help implement a range of commercial executions. Being across the latest trends in advertising whilst never losing sight of the benchmarks of any successful campaign, Andrew has successfully worked with hundreds of companies to help deliver their marketing goals and achieve maximum bang for buck.
Senior Communications Adviser – Defence and Space, Momentum Media
Victoria has firmed her reputation as a talented and persuasive communicator, particularly in the field of defence and national security where she has over a decade’s experience working with major primes and corporates as well as SMEs and the start-up sector. Passionate about podcasting, live broadcasting and social media as effective platforms for business storytelling, content delivery and corporate communications, Victoria plays a key role is driving Momentum’s defence and aerospace podcast channels. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.