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The year that was: The most popular advice and reflections from the experts in 2017

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Retired Air Marshal John Harvey's reflection on the Naval Shipbuilding Plan was the most popular blog for 2017.

Looking back at the year that was, we reflect on the key issues, topics and advice the experts provided to Defence Connect that you found the most interesting.

Out of the various blogs and op-eds we have published over 2017, we have found the five that resonated with industry the most. 


Coming in at number one is retired Air Marshal John Harvey, who shared his insights on the much welcomed Naval Shipbuilding Plan and sovereign shipbuilding capability. The naval shipbuilding theme was also touched on BAE Systems Australia's outgoing CEO Glynn Phillips, but collaboration and a unified approach to defence across the forces and industry was another strong feature.

Here are our top five blogs for 2017:

1. Naval Shipbuilding Plan – First and next steps

The May 2017 release of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is an essential step in this vitally important national endeavour. To fully achieve its ambitious goals, however, the plan will need to be progressively developed to take a ‘whole of life’, ‘whole of capability’, ‘whole of nation’ approach.

2. Defence ERP insights and the need for veteran involvement

2016 was a seminal year for the Australian defence industry. The Whitepaper, First Principles Review, an inaugural Minister for Defence Industry and a $195 billion/10-year spending plan have all propelled the industry to centre stage. Shipbuilding, cyber security and submarines have become regular features of the evening news.

3. Seizing the day: Navigating the jobs of the future

Australian workers and suppliers have a great opportunity to participate in the federal government’s $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. The design, build and maintenance of the nation’s next generation of frigates must happen in a way that secures a long-term national shipbuilding industry, and all industry participants are committed to doing just that.

4. Building defence capability: The vital role of collaboration

The importance of collaboration cannot be understated during this time of change. In fact, KMPG believe that it is the foundation for success. As the scale and complexity of problems increase, collaboration between organisations is increasingly recognised as an effective response. By working in deeper partnership with others, organisations can solve problems that alone would be too difficult while also driving innovation, efficiency, growth and shared value.

5. Three steps to achieving 'operator centre acquisition' for defence projects

The Australian defence sector is currently booming. With $195 billion committed to Defence over the next 10 years, industry participants can all be part of setting the conditions for a potent Australian fighting force.


The year that was: The most popular advice and reflections from the experts in 2017
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