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Aus-US trade summit seeking Aussie engagement

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USA-Australia Mateship Defence Trade Summit will take place 17-18 September, in Mystic, Connecticut

Organised by US Department of Commerce Connecticut office, the USA-Australia Defense Trade Summit will provide avenues for Australian SMEs to integrate with the US defence procurement and supply chain participants. 

The two-day summit will bring together about 150 people, with 40 Australians that will include SME supply chain companies, universities, R&D and educators, along with 60 US SME supply chain companies, to learn from the participating sponsoring partners procurement opportunities in Australia and the US.

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The goal of the summit is to achieve a collective impact in the US and Australia supply chains in defence co-operation and shared prosperity in defence trade.  Shared prosperity is a key element to the White House trade platform, including improving focus on: 

  • Best practices in manufacturing, defence procurement;
  • Cyber security and trade security;
  • Funding opportunities;
  • Investment, joint ventures and partnership opportunities in the US and Australia; and
  • R&D, workforce development and training for a sustainable workforce. 

Key sessions with speakers from government, OEMs, R&D and education will cover a range of topics, including: 

  • Procurement opportunities in the US and Australia for supply chain participants; 
  • Advanced manufacturing capabilities and best practice to supply OEMs and defence forces; 
  • Research, innovation and technology; 
  • Cyber security;
  • Workforce and skills training (K-post grad) for sustaining a defence manufacturing workforce; and 
  • Integrated investment program for supply chain companies to grow and prosper. 

Sessions will be facilitated by a number of key defence sponsors, speakers and OEMs, including: 

  • United Technologies Corporation (lead sponsor and organising partner);
  • Electric Boat/General Dynamics (organising partner and sponsor);
  • Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky (organising partner and sponsor);
  • BAE Systems (speaker);
  • Northrop Grumman (partner, speaker and sponsor);
  • US Department of Defense;
  • Defence Victoria (sponsor and organising partner);
  • Centre for Defence Industry Capability;
  • Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (best practice, 4.0 manufacturing and R&D); and
  • Australian Embassy Defence Attache.

The USA-Australia Defense Trade Summit will take place 17-18 September in Mystic, Connecticut. More information is available here   

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