Budget + Policy

Defence spending slashed by $5.5 billion … largest year-on-year cut (10 per cent) since our withdrawal from Korea in 1953 … smallest share of GDP (1.6 per cent) since the Munich Crisis of 1938. It’s all true, there’s no point pretending otherwise; Defence copped a walloping.

At Pacific 2012, Skills Australia released a Discussion Paper as the first part of their work on a Defence Industry Workforce Strategy. Now it’s time for industry to have their say.

In this overview of Defence equipment projects we have resorted to favouring those we found of interest rather than the merits of their progress through the Defence acquisition labyrinth.

Dr Wayne Mapp was NZ’s Minister of Defence for three years to 2011 when he retired from Parliament. Shortly before last November’s general election he discussed the portfolio with ADM.

Defence is understood to be seeking urgent approval for the purchase of mine detecting vehicles under JP 154 Phase 3 for use in Afghanistan to counter the threat of roadside improvised explosive device (IEDs).

Summing up to Parliament on the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011, Jason Clare said the Bill gives effect to the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty between Australia and the US.

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare yesterday announced that the details of the Australian Industry Capability Plans for all future major Defence acquisition projects will be made public.

The Australia - United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty is one step closer to implementation following the introduction into Parliament of the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011.

Australian defence industry can now apply for grants to help fund innovative projects that will benefit strategically important industry capabilities know as Priority Industry Capabilities (PICs).

Rockwell Collins is currently pursuing a number of programs outlined in the DCP and demonstrated products designed for these programs at a Technology Symposium in Canberra last week.

Speaking at ADM's 7th Annual Defence Skilling Summit in Brisbane this week, Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced a plan to ensure industry has skills over the next decade and beyond.

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare have announced that the Government has approved four major Defence capability projects.

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel announced that five projects were selected out of 119 submissions for the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program.

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare have released the full electronic version of the 2011 Public Defence Capability Plan.

The Ministers for Defence, Defence Science and Personnel and Defence Materiel have announced further accountability reforms which fully implement the Review of the Defence Accountability Framework.