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About Defence Connect

The integrated market intelligence platform for Australia's defence sector.

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.

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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: 

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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

Industry partners and stakeholders


Defence Connect:
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.


Momentum Media:
The business behind Defence Connect

Momentum MediaMomentum 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

Commercial

Phillip TarrantPHILLIP TARRANT
Director – Defence, Security and Aerospace, Momentum Media
[email protected] | + 61 2 9922 3300 | LinkedIn
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.


Will MageeWILLIAM MAGEE
Director Commercial Growth – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 8045 2057 | LinkedIn
William heads commercial expansion for Momentum defence and security business, and is responsible for the growth of a range of market and business intelligence platforms connected to this portfolio, including Defence Connect and Cyber Security 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.


ANDREW SCOTTANDREW SCOTT
Media Strategist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 8045 2092 | LinkedIn
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.


Ishan LewisISHAN LEWIS
Partnerships Manager – Security, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
Ishan has worked across a range of industry sectors managing and developing relationships with key industry figureheads. Prior to moving to Cyber Security Connect as the media platform’s relationship manager, he has led sales teams across multiple marketing and event campaigns for a range of Australia’s largest industry verticals including law, accounting, defence, aerospace, real estate, wealth management and financial services. His helicopter perspective across a significant portion of Australian industry – and the imperative for cyber security – puts him in a unique position to support cyber businesses target key customers and open new markets.


Victoria LewisVICTORIA LEWIS
Senior Communications Adviser – Defence, Security and Aerospace, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300 | LinkedIn
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.

Content


LIAM GARMANLIAM GARMAN
Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
[email protected]

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world-leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.


CHARBEL KADIBCHARBEL KADIB
News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.


NASTASHA TUPASNASTASHA TUPAS
Journalist – Defence and Security Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
Nastasha is a journalist at Momentum Media. Previously, she was a content producer at Verizon Media, a digital producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a digital journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a website manager and digital producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a video producer and news presenter at News Corp Australia. Nastasha reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific.


ADAM THORNADAM THORN
Editor – Aerospace, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.

Operations


BLAIR DODSBLAIR DODS
Head of Engineering, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.


JENNIFER HARDYJENNIFER HARDY
Head of Event Production, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.


MICHAEL JOHNSONMICHAEL JOHNSON
Head of Momentum Intelligence Unit, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.


LYNDSEY FALLLYNDSEY FALL
Production Manager, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.


KEITH FORDKEITH FORD
Senior Production Editor, Momentum Media
[email protected]
| +61 2 9922 3300
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.

 

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