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PODCAST: Our role in the evolving region and the challenges for Aussie unis – Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan

Gus McLachlan

Much has been made in recent months of the growing challenges posed by the evolving Indo-Pacific balance of power, with a number of fronts emerging as points of concern for Australia’s national security apparatus. Major General (Retd) Gus McLachlan joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the nations role and growing asymmetric threats to the nations security.

In this podcast, former commander, Forces Command, Australian Army, turned adjunct professor for Monash University and director of L3 Technologies Australia, Major General Gus McLachlan joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his new role supporting the research and development capability of Monash University, one of Australia’s leading universities. 


During this podcast, McLachlan will also discuss the growing concerns about the integrity and possibility of foreign influence on Australia’s university campuses and the moves in the US to protect their own universities and research and development organisations from foreign interference, espionage and intellectual property theft. 

McLachlan will also expand on the powerful force multiplying role Australia’s universities and R&D capabilities bring to the nation and the role they play in supporting the development of Australia’s national security and future defence capabilities. 

Finally, McLachlan will take a closer look at the role Australia will play in the increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region and how the modernisation, recapitalisation and expansion of Australia’s Defence and defence industrial capabilities will figure into the broader regional dynamics as they continue to unfold.

Enjoy the podcast,



The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 161: PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC
Episode 159: PODCAST: Regional security and the Pacific Patrol Boat program – Barry Jones, AMC
Episode 158: PODCAST: Exports and the Australian Defence Force – Leon Notelovitz, Santova Logistics
Episode 157: PODCAST: Cyber security and the defence industry – Michelle Price, AustCyber
Episode 156: PODCAST: Replacing Australia’s ARH Tigers and AH-1Z Viper’s expeditionary capabilities – Javier ‘NERF’ Ball and Rowan Tink
Episode 155: PODCAST: Innovation in defence – how Australia stacks up, Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems
Episode 154: PODCAST: Working locally to deliver world-class capabilities, Graham Evenden and Dion Habner, Thales Australia
Episode 153: PODCAST: Shaping workplace culture and behaviour, Stephen Becsi, Pulse Global
Episode 152: PODCAST: Evolution of cyber security, Matthew Gollings and Patrick Batch
Episode 151: PODCAST: Naval Shipbuilding Institute and what it means for the industry, Ian Irving, NSI

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