Four F-35A Lightning IIs, three US and one Australian jet (foreground), fly a training sortie recently near Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The program surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark in February. Credit: Lockheed Martin

An update on Australian F-35s

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program has been heralding more milestones following recent concerns raised by the Pentagon's chief tester in the annual report to US Congress.

Senator Marise Payne was the keynote speaker at ADM's Congress 2016

Resetting the Defence/industry relationship

At ADM's 2016 Congress Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne went to some length to reassure the industry representatives in the audience nervously anticipating the Defence White Paper in coming weeks.
The Navy is rethinking the way in which it attracts and retains its submariners. Credit:

Recruiting deal extended as submariners lured

The ADF's Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Services contract has been extended for three years as the Navy launches a new program to attract and retain submariners.
Australian Army soldier Private Brendan Winter provides force protection at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Credit: Defence

The Answer is Strategy - Part 4: Timing is key

Jim Molan's 4th and final serial in "The Answer is Strategy" in which he underlines the importance of timing
Boeing’s Virtual Maintenance Trainer is part of the maintenance training suite that Boeing will provide to the Royal Australian Air Force. Credit: Boeing.

RAAF procures Boeing Virtual Maintenance Trainers for P-8s

The Royal Australian Air Force has selected Boeing to provide the service with P-8 maintenance training devices.
Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned air combat system demonstrator could form the basis of a design for the USN's CBARS. Credit: USN by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin J. Steinberg

US Navy shifts priorities for unmanned program

In light of what appears to be a looming joint strike fighter shortfall, the US Navy has sought to repurpose one of its unmanned projects, following a directive from the Pentagon.

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ADM2016 Congress highlights

The Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne (L) with ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing. Credit: ADM David Jones

Over 400 delegates at the ADM2016 Congress in Canberra this week heard a range of speakers set the tone for the year ahead. more »

    cyber »

    Network Centric Warfare: The US cyber security lesson

    Former Rear Admiral Mike Brown had a good word for Australia’s approach to cyber security.


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      Network Centric Warfare: SATCOMs a work in progress

      Credit: Defence

      Australia first obtained access to the US Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system
      in 2010, and work continues under JP 2008 to maximum the benefits to the ADF of access to this vital resource.


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        Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

        Credit: Defence

        With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.

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          interviews »

          From the Source: BAE Systems CEO Glynn Phillips | ADM Dec/Jan 2016

          Credit: BAE Systems Australia

          BAE Systems Australia has had some ups and down over the last few years, with losses more noted than wins in many business areas. Under new management, the company is looking to acknowledge what it was in Australia and restructure to meet the evolving needs of the Defence customer. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to chief executive Glynn Phillips about his plans for the biggest defence company in the land.


            defence suppliers »


            DefenceCare's General Manager Robyn Collins

            General Manager Robyn Collins featured in Ch 9's documentary Coming Home which aired on Sat 6 Feb.

              defence industry »

              Defence Business: SME Spotlight - EM Solutions

              EM Solutions’ new multi-band Satcom On The Move technology is gaining interest around the world, and may prompt a move in to higher volume manufacturing.

              After 17 years of being the go-to Australian company for bespoke radio and microwave engineering systems, EM Solutions may have found the product that will add volume manufacturing to the portfolio.

              more »

                adm editorials »

                Time to innovate

                It's that time again when we look at the year that was and the year ahead. more »



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