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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 217: INSIGHT: Maximising local industry content and our advantages in the Indo-Pacific – Matt Keogh, shadow minister for defence industry
Episode 216: INSIGHT: Chief of Air Force on shaping the RAAF to meet an evolving strategic environment
Episode 215: INSIGHT: Capability development, interoperability and the US-Australia relationship – Mark Weinrich, US Marine Attaché, US embassy, Canberra
Episode 214: PODCAST: Maintaining agility through COVID-19 – Grant Sanderson, Electro Optic Systems
Episode 213: INSIGHT: Lessons on national security from a career in diplomacy – Dave Sharma MP
Episode 212: PODCAST: From micro-business to leading distributor - Graeme Bulte, Aquaterro
Episode 211: PODCAST: Supporting Australia’s veterans and service personnel - Jason Scanes, Forsaken Fighters
Episode 210: PODCAST: Bolstering domestic capabilities in the wake of coronavirus – Robert Nioa, NIOA
Episode 209: PODCAST: Providing an agile workforce to the defence industry – Drew Horsell, Horsell, and Jon Westerland, KBR
Episode 208: INSIGHT: COVID-19 implications on national sovereignty - the Hon. David Fawcett

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