Credit: US Army

New study looks at effect of caffeine on driving errors by defence personnel

The researchers found that drivers who chewed caffeinated gum when tired made fewer driving errors than drivers who didn’t have caffeine.

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An RAN ScanEagle trial looks set to occur in 2016. Credit: USN

Kestrel on board for RAN ScanEagle trial

The software is designed to be incorporated into a purpose built ViDAR payload that can be modularly applied to the existing Block D Scan Eagle currently being flown by the Navy as part of wider UAS trial program.
A total of 59 contacts were conducted of which five contacts transferred 43,200 pounds of fuel during the four hour sortie. Credit: Defence

RAAF tanker completes first F-35A mid-air refuelling

The RAAF has completed the first fuel transfer froma KC-30A tanker Transport to a USAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Skidmore noted it was difficult to bring the aviation community with CASA on regulatory changes while it was still working on issues from previous changes. Credit: CASA

CASA takes pause on safety changes, listens to industry

CASA chief Mark Skidmore has signalled that civil aviation safety regulations changes are likely to be delayed because of industry feedback.
ASC workers and a Collins class submarine at the company's facility in Osborne in South Australia. Credit: ASC

We can build Subs too!

Perth-based engineering and construction services firm Civmec has launched a new defence division and has said it could build Australia's next fleet of future submarines for the Sea 1000 program.

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Submarine combat system lab in Adelaide from Lockheed Martin, Thales and Saab

Saab, Lockheed Martin and Thales announced collaboration on an Adelaide based submarine combat system laboratory last week. From left, Dean Rosenfield, managing director, Saab Australia, Raydon Gates, chief executive, Lockheed Martin Australia & NZ and Adam Waldie, Underwater Systems Business Development Manager, Thales Australia. 
Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Australia will open a submarine combat system laboratory at Mawson Lakes in Adelaide, to support Lockheed Martin’s target of providing the combat system for the SEA 1000 future submarine. more »

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    Land Warfare: Tracking integration with ADF legacy systems

    Credit: Defence

    As armies continue to modernise in the 21st century, effective Situational Awareness (SA) for commanders of troops, vehicles and equipment is a challenge for every military force, especially with the requirement for leaner and more agile forces in an age of rapid, asymmetric international operations.


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      Simulation and Training: Army

      Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Davide Sargeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, views the PD-100 Nano air vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. Credit: Defence

      In the lead up to Army’s second Innovation Day, scheduled for October 19 at Canberra’s ADFA campus, ADM spoke to the coordinator of last year’s event to understand what this Army initiative is about. Premium

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        Defence Business: What we learned at the Cyber Security Summit

        Lynwen Connick from PM&C Credit: ADM David Jones

        This year was a tough year for cyber security. In May the US Government suffered a major breach of the records of its Office of Personnel Management. Premium

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          Defence Business - Growler

          Officials from both the US and Australia attended the official roll-out ceremony. Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

          The RAAF's first EA-18G Growler has been handed over in a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facility. Destined for 6 Squadron, the aircraft is the first of 12 Growlers to complement 24 Super Hornets already in service. All 12 aircraft are due to be in country by the end of 2017.


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            Defence Business: Triton

            Credit: ADM Katherine Ziesing

            With the Triton due to hit an important milestone at the end of the year, it was heartening to see the platform in the flesh at Pax River working steadily towards that goal. Premium

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              Defence Business: View from Canberra

              When it comes to various modelling scenarios about how the JSF will perform against potential threats, the results are usually not great. But recent experience might well be turning that tide.

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                More than the sum of its parts

                Sustainment, along with infrastructure and ICT, are the trio of Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FICs) that are the unsexy side of Defence.

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                  The September edition of ADM covers three main editorial features this month: Land Warfare, Sustainment and Infrastructure.

                  ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing covers the roll out of the RAAF’s first Growler in St Louis and sustaining the ANZAC fleet and HMAS Choules.

                  Deputy Editor Nigel Pittaway examines how the base services contracts are performing one year into their implementation and how BIM can help defence estate planners.

                  Senior correspondent Julian Kerr explores the introduction of the EF88 and speaks to Army’s Head of Modernisation Major General Gus McLachlan in From the Source this month.

                  And Philip Smart examines how the ADF handles vehicle sustainment and the success of Canberra IT firm Quintessence on encryption. 

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