In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, recorded on-site at the RAAF Base Williamtown, host Phil Tarrant is joined by Air Commodore Mike Kitcher, Commander Air Combat Group to discuss their position in the development of the future of the Royal Australian Air Force.
AIRCDRE Kitcher will share his thoughts surrounding the arrival of the F-35 fighter jets, and discuss how better connectivity across the ADF will lead to a stronger collective joint war fighting capability. AIRCDRE Kitcher will talk about his history within the services, the direction that his position takes in the greater defence landscape, and reveal his plan for training in the drive towards IOC.
Reflecting on his time in the industry, AIRCDRE Kitcher will discuss how quality standards have shifted over the years, the role of defence professionals in the creation of a united Defence Force, and provide an update on the roll-out of Plan Jericho.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 279: PODCAST: Unpacking AUKUS — Australia’s nuclear submarine deal
Episode 278: PODCAST: A different vision for Australian defence industry, with shadow minister for defence industry Matt Keogh
Episode 277: PODCAST: The future of Australia’s space industry with Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space
Episode 276: PODCAST SPECIAL EPISODE: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health with David Coleman, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Episode 275: PODCAST: Discussing LAND 125 Phase 4 with Babcock’s Craig Schwartz
Episode 274: PODCAST: Securing Australia’s missile sovereignty with Jim McDowell, Group CEO of Nova Systems, and Dr Ben Greene, Group CEO of EOS
Episode 273: PODCAST: BrothersNBooks, bibliotherapy and the world’s coolest readathon – CAPT Dylan Conway
Episode 272: PODCAST: Building Australia’s future defence force – Brigadier Ian Langford
Episode 271: PODCAST: Preparing for instability in the Indo-Pacific – Senator Jim Molan
Episode 270: PODCAST: News wrap – TS 21 in full swing; SMEs secure new defence contracts