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
Momentum Media is an evolving, forward-thinking information and professional development business based on a purpose that supports corporate Australia and the markets critical to our nation’s economic prosperity and security.
We’re also focused on delivering exceptional value to our commercial partners.
In 2020 Momentum was recognised as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Companies by the Australian Financial Review.
We adapt on a daily basis to rapidly changing market places; we’re a fluid media business, unanchored to any particular technology, channel or tone of communication.
With a monthly reach spanning over a million professionals, high-net-worth individuals and business owners, we’re connected to the rapidly changing preferences and attitudes of our communities – and we’re making a positive contribution for them to thrive.
We’re committed to serving our communities and supporting Australian business. We’re here to help our audiences navigate a changing world. For more information visit Momentum Media.
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 an executive with over 20 years’ experience, in a career that spans finance, business, economics, international politics, defence and aerospace. He has led the launch, acquisition and growth of a range of award-winning business and consumer platforms and is recognised for his expertise in building highly-connected communities. As head of Momentum’s defence and aerospace business, he is charged with the growth and development of brands including Defence Connect, Space Connect, Cyber Security Connect, Australian Aviation and World of Aviation. 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.
Head of Strategy – Defence and Aerospace, Momentum Media
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.
News Editor – Defence and Cyber, Momentum Media
Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.
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.
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.
Head of Engineering, Momentum Media
Blair has over 20 years’ experience in the online sector, graduating from university with a Bachelor of Commerce in the late 1990s. Working in marketing, product development and management roles for start-ups as well as established media brands in New Zealand, UK, Germany and Australia, Blair has developed extensive knowledge across all facets of digital technology. With deep technical experience combined with a commercial mindset, Blair leads the development of digital platforms at Momentum Media.
Head of Event Production, Momentum Media
Jennifer leads the in-house events team at Momentum Media, delivering over 80 large scale events across multiple specialist brands within the defence, space, wealth, law, finance and business sectors. Her contribution to the development of the Ballroom Platform saw Momentum ranked as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies 2020. Jennifer also leads event production for Momentum Connect, an independent content and events agency, helping businesses to think, act and engage like a professional media company. Prior to joining Momentum, Jennifer worked in financial services within funds management and global investment banking in London. She holds a Bachelor of business management specialising in event management.
Head of Momentum Intelligence Unit, Momentum Media
Michael leads Momentum Media’s audience growth and intelligence department, the Momentum Intelligence Unit, and is responsible for delivering internal and external stakeholders with rich audience insights and analysis. His expertise as a Chartered Accountant, data analyst and market research professional has been critical to delivering real-world insights to Australia’s largest financial institutions, corporates and professional services firms. The insights and analysis generated from the Momentum Intelligence Unit drive deeper audience engagement and growth across Momentum Media’s brands.
Production Manager, Momentum Media
Lyndsey has 11 years’ experience working in media production. Following her Master’s degree in Journalism, she worked across a set of political and public policy magazines in England as a journalist, subeditor and as production manager. Lyndsey has worked at Momentum Media for the past four years heading up the production department and managing the development of its award-winning magazines, including Australian Aviation and World of Aviation, web portals and suite of highly-ranked podcasts.
Senior Production Editor, Momentum Media
Keith is an experienced digital and print subeditor, having worked in business-to-business media for nine years across a diverse range of industries, including finance, professional services, mortgages, law, defence and aerospace. He joined Momentum Media in 2016 and has worked on a number of the business’ brands, as well as leading the subediting team. Keith previously worked as a journalist in the broadcast and film technology space and has a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies.
Broadcast Media Manager, Momentum Media
Todd’s career in media and entertainment launched in 2006 after performing stand-up comedy – which saw him nominated as New Zealand’s Best New Comedian. Shifting his attention to radio broadcasting, Todd completed a Bachelor’s Degree with The New Zealand Broadcasting School and worked as a radio announcer for some of the top-rating stations in New Zealand as well as Australia. He regularly appears as a guest speaker on the topic of audio storytelling, and now manages the production and delivery of close to 20 different podcasts channels for Momentum Media – including Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.