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SA's defence presence on growth trajectory

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Boeing's Brett Newell.

A defence prime has appointed a regional director for South Australia to lead the company’s growing defence presence in the home of Australias naval shipbuilding.

Boeing has appointed Brett Newell to the role, expanding on his role as P-8 Poseidon program lead. Newell will now oversee the expansion of Boeing Defence Australia’s operations in South Australia, including community engagement, local industry collaboration, education partnerships and employee growth.

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Newell has extensive experience in the maritime patrol domain, having worked with the Royal Australian Air Force in South Australia prior to joining Boeing. After being with Boeing for more than 10 years, Newell returned to Adelaide in 2015 to head up the Australian P-8 in-country sustainment program.

Newell said the company's expansion in SA is seeing unprecedented growth in the workforce and strong partnerships across the education and private sector.

"It’s an exciting time for Boeing’s defence business in South Australia – our workforce is growing at an accelerated rate, our research and development programs are advancing and we’re cultivating excellent partnerships with local businesses and universities," he said.

"South Australia is an important base for Australia’s military capability with significant investment planned over the next 10 years and beyond.

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"Boeing Defence Australia is well placed to support this growth as a key South Australian partner as the Australian Defence Force continues to acquire, build and sustain these new capabilities."

Boeing Defence Australia currently has a team of more than 2,000 employees at 14 locations throughout Australia and three international sites.

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