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land »

Bushmaster EW variant on show

Land Forces first saw the emergence of a Bushmaster Electronic Warfare (EW) variant complete with a six-metre telescopic mast.

air »

The ADF’s love affair with tactical UAVs

The ADF deserves credit for the speedy introduction of tactical UAVs in support of its deployed forces in the MEAO.

jsf »

Capabilities: Australia defers JSF in line with US | ADM June 2012

Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s announcement in May that the Government will delay the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighters by two years did not come as any great surprise. Premium

c4i »

Northrop Grumman M5 launches latest Secure Communications System product

Northrop Grumman M5 is set to use the 2014 Military Communications and Information Systems (MilCIs) conference to launch the latest product in their innovative Secure Communications System (SCS) series.

defence policy »

Defence Business: Abbott’s army | ADM November 2013

Tony Abbott has become Australia’s 28th Prime Minister, leading the Coalition back into government. Premium

defence budget »

DMO: 7 per cent under budget

Ladies and gentlemen, I had to write that headline to prove a point to DMO CEO Warren King. The media does occasionally listen when the DMO does good things. After speaking at length with King about the reform journey the organisation has been on since its 2000 inception, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at performance.

simulation »

Defence Business: SimTect on the importance of plug and play | ADM October 2014

Australia’s future defence simulation capability will move from monolithic independent systems to the defence equivalent of plug and play, share realistic “virtual world” modules from a central database repository and may incorporate technology borrowed from the computer gaming industry to provide maximum reality at affordable cost. Premium

sea »

SERS solution from local SME a world beater

The Australian Submarine Escape and Rescue System (SERS) is a unique capability. Even more so when you consider that a lone, local SME has produced a range of technologies that world leaders told them was ‘unachievable’ for some elements of the system.

joint »

ADF Weapons: Is Defence interest in non-lethal weapons waning? | ADM July 2014

The notion of acquiring new, enhanced non-lethal weapons, to provide deployed forces with greater options than through the use of lethal force, had its genesis in the 2009 Defence White Paper. And there it appears to have rested. Premium

submarines »

Undersea Technology: The combat system that Collins didn’t get | ADM August 2014

At the 2001 Defence + Industry Conference in Canberra, there was an expectation that Defence would announce the results of the competition for the supply of a new combat system for the Collins-class submarines. The choice lay between the ISUS90-55, offered by STN Atlas and its Australian partners, and the Raytheon CCS Mk.2, in service with the US Navy. Premium

cyber »

US Department of Defense war against dynamic cyber threats

The cyber threat landscape is ever changing and the race to keep up with the threats is never ending.

defence industry »

Training of Military Soldiers in Construction

A building construction site in Sydney and a military operation overseas would not seem to have much in common at first glance.

adm editorials »

Editorial: Politics versus process | ADM October 2014

Over the past 10 to 15 years, government, defence and the DMO have spent many dollars and man hours reforming the processes by which materiel for the ADF is acquired and sustained. The endless cycle of reviews (Kinnaird, Mortimer, Black, Coles et al) continues with the First Principals Review, which is due out next year alongside a raft of other important strategic documents including a new White Paper, Defence Capability Plan and Industry Policy. Premium

international »

Iraq - more than just a matter of training

Back in 2003 the government dispatched a small team of soldiers to help train the Iraqi military, a massive job considering the US administration in Baghdad had unilaterally abolished Saddam’s army as irremediably compromised by Baathism.

news »

ADF Vanuatu relief effort winds down

Australia’s last remaining defence force personnel and equipment are on their way home from Vanuatu, after completing relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Pam.