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The 2018 Marine Rotational Force, consisting of 1,587 US Marines, has completed another six months of training and exercises in northern Australia and has now left the country.

The redacted ANAO report into Hawkei was the subject of a Senate hearing on Friday last week. All parties were in the room to explain just what was behind the extraordinary redaction measure.

The recent Workforce Development Needs Survey Report 2018 conducted by the Australian Industry Group (AIG) raised a significant red flag about the lack of digital skills within the current Australian workforce.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne and Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett met their Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts respectively over the weekend in an effort to boost defence cooperation.

RUAG Australia has signed a contract with US company VRC Metal Systems to deliver a mobile Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) Unit for US Navy trials in 2019.

A report released this week by the Lowy Institute has called for Australian policymakers to focus on developing a shared maritime vision with Indonesia, potentially involving defence industry collaboration.

Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure at PNG’s Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island.

The Re-Engineering Australia Foundation and Regional Development Australia – Hunter have been awarded this year’s Schools Pathways Programme Grants.

Warfare is changing, and governments are being forced to adapt their military vehicle fleets to keep up.

UNSW Canberra has announced it is seeking to establish a new Defence and Security Innovation Precinct as part of its proposed new city campus in Canberra’s CBD.

Anthony Fraser has been appointed as the head of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

News has emerged that Russian arms company Rostec is in the late stages of developing a UUV armed with an assault rifle.

Technology using a pure sapphire crystal to accurately measure time has taken out the 2018 Defence Science and Technology (DST) Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

CASG head Kim Gillis used his valedictory remarks at the recent Defence and Industry conference to deliver some home truths, both positive and otherwise, as he heads towards retirement.

Last week's political upheaval has seen new PM Scott Morrison conduct a reshuffle of Defence ministerial portfolios.