land »

Land Warfare: EF88 debuts in the ADF

An Australian Army soldier from 3rd Brigade checks out the enhanced F88 Austeyr weapon to be delivered under Land 125 Phase 3C at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, 10 September 2014. Credit: Defence

The first of 30,000 new EF88 service rifles have been issued by the ADF in parallel with the rollout of a new Soldier Combat Ensemble (SCE) comprising load carriage equipment and protective kit that includes new-generation body armour, combat helmets, and hearing and eye protection.


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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.


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.

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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

sea »

Sustainment: Keeping the Fleet afloat

In an effort to get a better picture of what the sustainment efforts are for the surface fleet, ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to both NSM (a joint venture of UGL and Babcock) about their work on the ANZAC fleet and Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Limited (A&P Australia) about their work on HMAS Choules.


joint »

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

submarines »

TKMS makes its case for Sea 1000

TKMS Type 214 outside the company's Kiel shipyard. Credit: TKMS
Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) can provide a practical endorsement of its bid to supply Australia’s Future Submarine - a state-of-the-art shipyard with six submarines under construction, three more undergoing refit or maintenance, and ongoing research and development activity. Premium

cyber »

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

defence industry »

Defence Business: SME Spotlight

The QuintessenceLabs "qProtect" encrypts storage devices with a truly random number encryption key, making them essentially impervious to unauthorised attempts at data retrieval. Credit: Quintessence

When specialists at Canberra’s QuintessenceLabs sought a means of generating the Holy Grail of encryption, the “true random number” key, they found no earthly solution that would deliver the quality and performance they needed.
So they looked to space instead.


adm editorials »

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.


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.


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Award for scientist behind troops' new combat ensemble

An Australian Army soldier from 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, demonstrates the Land 125 soldier combat ensemble at the Defence Materiel Organisation Land Engineering Agency proving ground test facilities in Monegeetta, Victoria, on 4 June 2015. Credit: Defence
Dr Mark Patterson has won the 2015 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for his significant contributions to meeting the increasing demands for the continued protection and wellbeing of Australian soldiers.