TRADE COLLABORATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION”
With defence budgets in North America and Europe under severe pressure, the focus of defence business opportunities are pivoting to the Asia-Pacific region.
Regional economic growth, territorial tensions, competition for resources and regional influence, are driving opportunities for defence trade and industrial collaboration in the region. What are these opportunities and how can our defence industries best support stability and trade in the region?
These questions will be addressed by senior industry and government officials of the four nations at the annual Quadrilateral Defence Trade Conference. In 2013, the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) will host the conference, in partnership with ADS (UK), Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries (CADSI) and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) of the USA.
With his feet barely under the desk since the September 2013 election, Senator David Johnston has taken up the role of Defence Minister in the new Abbott Government, a role he held in Opposition. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to him in late November about the challenges of the role and his plans for the portfolio.