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PODCAST: Common heritage, shared history and moving forward into a contested environment – VADM Paul Maddison, UNSW

It is no secret that Australia finds itself in an increasingly contested regional and global environment; rising powers and non-state, asymmetric actors are serving as major factors in the nation’s strategic calculus. In this podcast, former Chief of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice Admiral (Retd) Paul Maddison, CMM, MSM, CD, turned inaugural director of the UNSW Defence Research Institute, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the commonalities between Australia and Canada, growing interoperability, defence innovation and the future direction of both countries.

As part of the conversation, Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Paul Maddison joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the commonalities between Australia and Canada and the role both nations will play in navigating an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific. 


Maddison explains how his experience as the Canadian high commissioner to Australia during the lead up to the 2016 Australian Defence White Paper and how it has not only shaped Australia's long-term defence capability development, but also the governments focus on developing and sustaining a competitive, long-term defence industrial base. 

As part of this, Maddison will speak to the inherent links between the Australian Defence Force and Defence organisation and the Canadian Armed Forces and their respective Defence organisation. Building on this, Maddison will highlight the growing levels of interoperability between the two nations as a result of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship selection and the role both nations play within the broader US-led global order and the Five Eyes. 

Shifting towards his new role as the inaugural head of the University of New South Wales Defence Research Institute, Maddison will discuss one of the primary focuses of the freshly minted UNSW Defence Research Institute, which is to nurture and strengthen international relationships, particularly within the Five Eyes network, mainly the US, UK, New Zealand and Canada. 

Finally, Maddison will speak to the role of defence innovation in the Australian industry and defence ecosystems, and the role the nations entrepreneurial spirit will play in providing capability enhancements for the ADF and broader alliance network – as part of this, Maddison will discuss the collaborative nature of contemporary research and development within Australia and UNSW in particular, and the role it plays in supporting Australias defence industry. 



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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