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PODCAST: Teaming up to support the COVID-19 frontline – Ben Barona, Defence Science and Technology, and Craig Maynard, Axiom Precision Manufacturing

Ben Barona, Craig Maynard

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, a global shortage of protective face shields prompted a collaborative project between the Department of Defence and a local SME to help support medical workers battling the virus on the frontline.

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, a global shortage of protective face shields prompted a collaborative project between the Department of Defence and a local SME to help support medical workers battling the virus on the frontline.

On this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Ben Barona, program leader of research and engineering at Defence Science and Technology (DST), and Craig Maynard, general manager of Axiom Precision Manufacturing, to share the story behind this critical partnership.

Barona and Maynard delve into the history of the decade-long relationship between DST and Axiom, the process of turning the protective shield project around in a matter of days, and the most effective way for SMEs to position themselves to attract good opportunities.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 208: INSIGHT: COVID-19 implications on national sovereignty - the Hon. David Fawcett
Episode 207: PODCAST: Collaboration between scientists, industry and government – Tanya Monro, Defence Science and Technology
Episode 206: PODCAST: Celebrating two decades of homegrown Australian ingenuity - Jim Whalley and Steve Robinson, Nova Systems
Episode 204: PODCAST: Building the nation’s intellectual edge – MAJGEN Mick Ryan AM, Australian Defence College
Episode 203: PODCAST: Digitally adapting the Australian War Memorial - Matthew Anderson, Australian War Memorial
Episode 202: INSIGHT: Cyber and information warfare – MAJGEN Marcus Thompson AM, Department of Defence
Episode 201: PODCAST: National resilience through COVID-19
Episode 200: INSIGHT: Establishing a grand strategy – Dr Peter Layton, PhD
Episode 199: PODCAST: Working towards a fully sustainable AQS-24B – Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Episode 198: PODCAST: Next generation tactical watercraft – Darren Schuback and Ryan Carmichael, The Whiskey Project

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