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PODCAST: Maintenance and sustainment supporting Navy’s mission - RADM Wendy Malcolm

While much of the focus has been placed on the $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, an elite team within CASG is working behind the scenes to ensure that the unprecedented modernisation of the Royal Australian Navy remains capable of supporting Navy’s ability to “fight and win at sea”. In this podcast, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the role sustainment will play in supporting the future Navy.

While much of the focus has been placed on the $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, an elite team within CASG is working behind the scenes to ensure that the unprecedented modernisation of the Royal Australian Navy remains capable of supporting Navy’s ability to “fight and win at sea”. In this podcast, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the role sustainment will play in supporting the future Navy.

With Navy undergoing the largest peacetime transformation of capability and platform in its history, the Royal Australian Navy is well positioned within the broader development of the ‘joint force’ Australian Defence Force and its transition towards a fifth-generation force. 

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Meanwhile, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, along with Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price, officially launched the Navy Industry Engagement Strategy to support the development of a long-term, sustainable naval shipbuilding industry within Australia, with a long-term focus on developing a globally competitive industry that serves as an invaluable, fundamental input to capability. 

Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, Head of Maritime Systems within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment group (CASG), joins host Phil Tarrant at Pacific 2019 to discuss the often overlooked role of maintenance and sustainment in supporting the future Navy. 

RADM Malcolm will discuss her concept of 'shipbuilding is sexy, but sustainment pays the bills', which builds on the acquisitions decisions and the role sustainment and maintenance plays in insuring the Navy can meet its responsibilities as required by government. 

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Building on this, RADM Malcolm will discuss the renewed push from within both Navy and CASG to actively seek to break down the barriers and really engage with industry partners in a collaborative manner. 

RADM Malcolm will also speak to the recent announcement of the Navy Industry Engagement Strategy, one that directly supports Plan Pelorus, which will provide an ideal opportunity to regenerate, refocus and ultimately strengthen Navy’s relationship with industry and academia.

Finally, RADM Malcolm will also discuss the combined push to see greater collaboration with Australian SMEs and Indigenous participation within the sustainment and maintenance operations continue to grow and evolve, and the Industry Engagement Strategy will play a key role in supporting Navy's ambitious recapitalisation and modernisation programs.

Enjoy the podcast, 

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 189: PODCAST: Year in review – Steve Kuper, Defence Connect
Episode 188: PODCAST: ‘Deftech’ and the counter-drone industry – Oleg Vornik, DroneShield
Episode 187: PODCAST: Leveraging Indigenous talent in the defence workforce – Craig Williams, Navantia Australia, and Brendan Dumbrell and Hayden Surrao, JLB-Yaran
Episode 186: PODCAST: Interconnectivity between Navy services and the defence industry – Greg Laxton, Fleet Support Unit Australia
Episode 185: PODCAST: Embracing storytelling into your day-to-day life as a professional in defence industry – Chris Huet, Understood Consulting Services
Episode 184: PODCAST: Strengthening Australia’s defence capability – Sir Roger Carr, BAE Systems
Episode 183: PODCAST: Extreme ownership – John Gretton ‘Jocko’ Willink
Episode 182: PODCAST: Supporting the defence workforce – Richard Price, Defence SA
Episode 181: PODCAST: Priorities for the defence industry – Matt Keogh, shadow defence industry minister
Episode 180: PODCAST: The need for a national security strategy – Senator Jim Molan

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