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PODCAST: Defence and industry agility in a period of competition - Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence

Australia’s defence capability is at a key point in its development and acquisition time frame, with industry and defence collaboration playing a critical role to delivering next-generation capabilities to the Australian warfighter. In this podcast, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Greg Moriarty, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the developing relationships between industry and defence and the subsequent impact on Australias long-term strategic agenda.

Australia’s defence capability is at a key point in its development and acquisition time frame, with industry and defence collaboration playing a critical role to delivering next-generation capabilities to the Australian warfighter. In this podcast, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Greg Moriarty, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the developing relationships between industry and defence and the subsequent impact on Australias long-term strategic agenda.

Joining host Phil Tarrant at Defence Connects mobile podcast studio at the 2019 Pacific Maritime Exhibition, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Greg Moriarty, discusses the next-stage of Australias record $200 billion investment in defence capability and the continuing development of a globally competitive and sustainable defence industrial base. 

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As part of this conversation, Secretary Moriarty discusses how his priorities have evolved since taking the position in 2017 and the impact his previous experience working on international security issues has had on helping to ensure that the 2016 Defence White Paper Capability Plan and Integrated Investment Plan is working for Defence and industry. 

Secretary Moriarty also discusses the important role Australian industry will play in the acquisition of key ADF capabilities, ranging from the Armys LAND 400 and LAND 8112 programs, through to the continued acquisition of the Royal Australian Air Forces F-35 Joint Strike Fighter capabilities and the role Australian industry, both big and small, plays in supporting the capability delivery. 

Shifting to the $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program, Secretary Moriarty will speak to the growing levels of collaboration between the defence primes and Australian SMEs and the room for continued growth and development within those relationships, and growing Australian industry content in these major projects. 

Building on this, Secretary Moriarty discusses the role the Department of Defence and Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) play in supporting industry collaboration and the development at the domestic level – Secretary Moriarty also briefly discusses the leavers Defence has to support greater cross pollination and industry collaboration. 

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Finally, Secretary Moriarty will combine the importance of these individual components as the nation seeks to safely navigate the increasing great power competition in the Indo-Pacific in an integrated, 'joint force' and agile manner.   

Enjoy the podcast, 

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 265: PODCAST: Aviation wrap-up — RAAF evolution, military training, maintenance & procurement
Episode 264: PODCAST: News Brief — Defence breathes new life into Collins Class fleet
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

Key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry will converge at the inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit for 2021 to discuss improving Australian Industrial Capability to increase the nation's sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Register your interest to attend today! Limited spaces available. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

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