In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, editor of Defence Connect Liam Garman and news editor Charbel Kadib join host Phil Tarrant to discuss the Commonwealth government’s decision to overhaul the Future Submarines program.
The trio begin by unpacking the new trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, dubbed AUKUS, which will involve the local construction of nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy as part of a knowledge sharing arrangement.
Tarrant, Garman and Kadib then explore the potential benefits of nuclear propulsion technology in bolstering undersea warfare capability, and the broader defence plan associated with the AUKUS pact.
The team also discusses the local reaction to the AUKUS deal, including the response from former SEA 1000 contractor Naval Group.
Finally, the trio examines the geostrategic implications of the decision, detailing the international reaction from both Australia’s allies and adversaries.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect Team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 282: PODCAST: Media and the modern battlespace – Dr Charles Knight
Episode 281: PODCAST: Building a more resilient Australia with Commodore (Ret’d) Vince Di Pietro
Episode 280: PODCAST: The submarine story no one wants to hear, with ANU’s Professor Roger Bradbury
Episode 278: PODCAST: A different vision for Australian defence industry, with shadow minister for defence industry Matt Keogh
Episode 277: PODCAST: The future of Australia’s space industry with Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space
Episode 276: PODCAST SPECIAL EPISODE: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health with David Coleman, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Episode 275: PODCAST: Discussing LAND 125 Phase 4 with Babcock’s Craig Schwartz
Episode 274: PODCAST: Securing Australia’s missile sovereignty with Jim McDowell, Group CEO of Nova Systems, and Dr Ben Greene, Group CEO of EOS
Episode 273: PODCAST: BrothersNBooks, bibliotherapy and the world’s coolest readathon – CAPT Dylan Conway
Episode 272: PODCAST: Building Australia’s future defence force – Brigadier Ian Langford