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The top 10 podcasts that got the industry talking in 2017

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As it marks its first anniversary, the Defence Connect Podcast has given a new voice to Defence, defence industry and defence executives.

As it marks its first anniversary, the Defence Connect Podcast has given a new voice to Defence, defence industry and defence executives.

Each week the podcast deliveries insights, observations, attitudes and interpretation of the issues shaping the sector – and giving key intel to help companies make more informed business decisions.


Open to all commentators in Defence and defence industry, the Defence Connect Podcast has shared the airways with serving ADF leadership, primes, SMEs, parliamentary and academia plus the associations, service providers and think tanks – a real cross section of the profession.

Here’s the most popular podcasts this year. If you missed any, then tune in and hear what got the industry talking this year!

1. Capitalising on Australia’s manufacturing capabilities – Mark Burgess, Quickstep

Quickstep chief executive Mark Burgess says he’s bullish about the future of export and advanced manufacturing in Australia.

2. Inside Boeing’s prototyping arm – Shane Arnott, Boeing Phantom Works International


Shane Arnott's experience in the technology industry offers the Boeing director unique insights into the innovative world of defence technology.

3. Pacific 2017 – Future Submarine Supply Chain Briefing

CASG, Naval Group and Lockheed Martin Australia reveal opportunities available in the program and how they can work collaboratively to deliver a sovereign and regionally-superior submarine capability for Australia.

4. Breaking defence industry’s glass ceiling – Christine Zeitz, Leidos Australia

Leidos boss Christine Zeitz discusses the fundamentals of people and culture in defence business, staying connected with technology and how the company supports Australia’s intelligence services.


5. Growing Australia’s defence capabilities indigenously – David Ruff, Babcock Australasia

Babcock chief executive David Ruff reveals how the engineering support services business is growing its Australian arm “indigenously” and how its investment in local untapped talent, equipment and practices is developing Australian capabilities above and beyond the defence force.

6. Plan Jericho open for business – Pete Mitchell, RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Pete Mitchell talks about the genesis of Plan Jericho, the JSF (F-35) and how primes, SMEs and academia all have a role to play in the Air Force’s charge forward into the information age.


7. Cracking the international supply chain – Andrew Sanderson, TAE Aerospace

TAE chief executive Andrew Sanderson charts the business’ journey from novice to number one and reveals the growth strategy his team employed to develop and differentiate the business from its competitors in the field.


8. Making a technical contribution to Australia’s defence force – Ian Irving, Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman chief Ian Irving reveals how he’ll align the business’ abilities with the Australian government’s initiative to further develop the country's defence force and sovereign capabilities.


9. Strength through numbers  Michael Lenton, Selex ES Australia – a Leonardo Company

Executive chairman of Selex ES Australia Michael Lenton discusses the integration of a number of established defence and aerospace businesses (such as Finmeccanica and Selex ES) under the new Leonardo brand – and what that means for the company moving forward, including ambitious growth plans in the Australian market across a number of key competitive sectors.


10. Drones in defence: changing the shape of modern warfare – Ron Bartsch, Australian RPAS Consortium

Ron Bartsch, one of Australia’s pre-eminent influencers on drones, discusses Australia’s world-leading position in legislation, controls over the usage of drones, the need to maintain this position and how a dedicated, strategic focus on drone development offers battlefield superiority not only in the delivery of ordnance, but also with surveillance and intelligence.



The top 10 podcasts that got the industry talking in 2017
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