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PODCAST: Building organic Australian capabilities – Keith Johnson, Leidos Australia

PODCAST: Building organic Australian capabilities – Keith Johnson, Leidos Australia

Prime organisations like Leidos Australia play a crucial role in supporting the growth of Australia’s defence industry capability and are pivotal to the ongoing success of the government’s $270 billion investment in defence capability and sovereign industry.

Prime organisations like Leidos Australia play a crucial role in supporting the growth of Australia’s defence industry capability and are pivotal to the ongoing success of the government’s $270 billion investment in defence capability and sovereign industry.

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On this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Keith Johnson, senior vice president, global capabilities, Leidos Australia, to discuss the evolving and growing role of the company in Australia.

Johnson discusses the pivotal role the Leidos Australia team plays in supporting the transfer of knowledge and know-how from the parent company to enhance Leidos’ commitment to supporting the development of a sovereign Australian industry capability, supported by “organic Australian industry capability”.

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They also discuss the flexibility and advantages Leidos enjoys through being “platform agnostic”, meaning they can work collaboratively with a range of OEM’s to provide the Australian warfighter with the best capability for the mission set.

Johnson and Tarrant also discuss the growing size of the Australian business, the evolving capability offering the company is seeking to provide Australia, with eyes firmly set on growing the company locally.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

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Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 224: PODCAST: LAND 129 Phase 3 and supporting sovereign UAS capabilities – Jack Kormas, managing director, Textron Systems Australia
Episode 223: PODCAST: Working with industry to support AIC – Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Episode 222: PODCAST: Supporting Indigenous engagement and participation in defence – Norman Laing, Defence Indigenous Cultural Adviser
Episode 221: PODCAST: Innovation, R&D and national security – Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO chief scientist
Episode 219: INSIGHT: Life after politics – Christopher Pyne, Pyne and Partners
Episode 218: INSIGHT: An Army in motion – Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO
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

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