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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 180: Maintaining intellectual advantage within the cyber defence space - Matthew Wilson, Penten
Episode 179: PODCAST: The 15-year evolution of the Bushmaster – Paul Feighan, Thales
Episode 178: PODCAST: How Australian SMEs can compete on a global stage – John O’Callaghan, Defence Council Victoria
Episode 177: PODCAST: The key challenges facing naval shipbuilding in Australia – Alain Houard, Dassault Systèmes
Episode 176: PODCAST: Operations since the SEA 1442 program contract, Michael Lenton, Leonardo
Episode 175: PODCAST: Forging closer industry partnerships on the back of Type 26 – Mark Goldsack, Defence & Security Organisation, UK government
Episode 174: PODCAST: Aegis delivery for Hunter Class frigates – Neale Prescott and Rob Milligan, Lockheed Martin Australia
Episode 173: PODCAST: Management consulting in high-risk areas – John ‘JP’ Smith, Noetic Group
Episode 172: PODCAST: The importance of real-world situational testing in a simulation-heavy environment – Raydon Gates and George McGuire, QinetiQ
Episode 171: PODCAST: Launch of the Australian Maritime Development Centre – Peter Davie, Dr Len Sciacca, Francois Duthoit

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