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26 Feb 2019
Changing the game – How the F-35 is redefining sustainment
Vince Di Pietro AM, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia, describes the F-35 as an operational game changer. Behind the scenes, the fifth-gen...
11 Feb 2019
A generational step forward for defence capability in Australia
The historic arrival of Australia’s first two F-35A aircraft at the end of 2018 heralds the beginning of a new era for the Australian Defence Force ...
29 Jan 2019
What is the Defence Aviation Safety Authority and how will it assist ‘single sector’ aviation safety?
30 September 2016 was a significant date for Defence aviation in more ways than one. It marked the transition to the DASR – the new airworthiness re...
8 Jan 2019
Aerospace and defence manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0
The convergence of digitised machine parts, improved connectivity and emerging ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies has begun to reshape global aerospace a...
5 Dec 2018
Defence airworthiness goes global
On 30 September 2016, a huge change occurred in how the ADF handled airworthiness. The organisation began a transition from a system that was unique t...
16 Nov 2018
Preparing Australian industry to operate in a complex world
The first of November marked International Project Management Day, which was an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution that highly skille...
24 Oct 2018
From Collins to Future Submarines: Learning the lessons of project management
As the nation gears up to build the multibillion-dollar Future Submarine Program, how can project managers apply the lessons learned from Collins Clas...
10 Oct 2018
CDIC business advisers, the heroes of Australian defence SMEs
For years now I have been working, in various capacities, with the CDIC business advisers (previously the DIIC business advisers) and I have long thou...
26 Sep 2018
Using risk to transform industry leadership
ASC, Australia’s sovereign submarine and shipbuilding company, has transformed how it manages its business by developing a proactive risk and opport...
15 Aug 2018
Unifying product lifecycle management and asset management
In the domain of managing complex engineered assets, demarcation lines are drawn and opinions are divided on the utilisation of frameworks and associa...
8 Aug 2018
The power of AIC plans for SMEs
Australian industry capability (AIC) plans have been around for years, but it is only recently that these crafty diplomatic policies are giving power ...
18 Jul 2018
How much does an SME need to know about Defence policy and the strategic environment?
The answer to this question three or four years ago would have been… not much or nothing at all.  ...
11 Jul 2018
Transformation of the Australian defence industry – From competition to collaboration
The world of manufacturing has traditionally been a highly competitive and often cut-throat business. In the past, price has been one of the key drive...
25 Jun 2018
Leading the race to integrate space
With the launch of the Australian Space Agency imminent, there is understandably a growing sense of excitement around all things space. ...
20 Jun 2018
Quality systems in the defence supply chain: Quality holds no compromises in defence applications
There has been an increased focus on Australian defence industry capability recently, with the inclusion of key projects that will greatly support Aus...
31 May 2018
The best frigate of whatever design: BMT
Bottom line: the best frigate is the one you have. The best frigate will ultimately be the one we select and build because they will become ours. Once...
30 Apr 2018
Endeavour Centre showcases Australian ingenuity and innovation
Lockheed Martin Australia recently opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art Endeavour Centre to showcase the work of Australian defence industry s...
16 Apr 2018
NSW companies hit the world stage at Defence Services Asia 2018
Tucked away in Kirrawee, south of Sydney, is a manufacturer that designs and produces some of the most advanced military armour in the world. ...
13 Apr 2018
SA businesses working to build the future of Australia’s defence
South Australia is fast becoming the focus and hub for defence manufacturing in Australia. Once referred to as “a big country town”, Adelaide cont...
12 Mar 2018
The value ex-service personnel bring to your workforce – A HR perspective
Managing any mid-life career change can be challenging, but for ex-service personnel, returning to civilian life is a bigger change than most. However...

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