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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.

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. 

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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, 

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The Defence Connect team

 

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 263: PODCAST: Glen Ferrarotto, founder of Ironside Recruiting
Episode 262: PODCAST: Land Forces 2021 — Defence Connect’s deputy editor Liam Garman, and news editor Charbel Kadib
Episode 261: PODCAST: The art of the possible — Gabby Costigan, CEO of BAE Systems Australia
Episode 260: INSIGHT: Backing AIC — Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price & shadow minister Matt Keogh
Episode 259: INSIGHT: Responding to new security challenges – John Blaxland, Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, ANU
Episode 258: INSIGHT: A blueprint for national resilience — Senator James Paterson
Episode 257: PODCAST: Strengthening the defence ecosystem — Scott Carpendale, VP and MD of Boeing Defence Australia
Episode 256: INSIGHT: The future of air power with Northrop Grumman chief executive Chris Deeble and leading defence science expert Dr Jackie Craig
Episode 255: INSIGHT: Building a future-ready workforce — SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni
Episode 254: INSIGHT: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on foreign affairs, defence and trade – Senator David Fawcett

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