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PODCAST: How a changing ADF will shape the benchmarks that Air Combat Group strives to achieve, AIRCDRE Mike Kitcher, Air Combat Group – RAAF

Mike Kitcher, RAAF, Air Combat Group

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 167: PODCAST: Maintenance and sustainment supporting Navy’s mission - RADM Wendy Malcolm
Episode 166: PODCAST: Defence and industry agility in a period of competition - Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence
Episode 165: PODCAST: Common heritage, shared history and moving forward into a contested environment – VADM Paul Maddison, UNSW
Episode 164: PODCAST: Aussie start-up providing leading edge autonomous maritime capability – Robert Dane, OCIUS, and Daniel Dent, Thales
Episode 163: PODCAST: Supporting Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability – Steve Robinson and Lee Kormany, Nova Systems
Episode 162: PODCAST: Tomorrow’s technologies protecting Australia’s shores – J3Seven’s Michael Molnar and Decision Sciences’ Geoff Clelland
Episode 161: PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC
Episode 160: PODCAST: Our role in the evolving region and the challenges for Aussie unis – Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan
Episode 159: PODCAST: Regional security and the Pacific Patrol Boat program – Barry Jones, AMC
Episode 158: PODCAST: Exports and the Australian Defence Force – Leon Notelovitz, Santova Logistics

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