Rhetoric on Australian shipbuilding confused

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Having had some time to digest the news last week of the new shipbuilding plan, I am now inclined to ask – what has changed? Premium

What is a Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP)?

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews with other Liberal MPs attempts to explain “competitive evaluation process” at ASC in Adelaide. Credit: Stephen Laffer (news.com.au)

Given that a CEP has become the process du jour for choosing multi-billion capabilities for Defence, ADM thought it prudent to get some clarification on how Defence is actually going about its business. Premium

BAE Australia sheds more Williamstown jobs: negotiating the Valley of Death

With the completion of the AWD blocks and the second LHD NUSHIP Adelaide, all work at Williamstown dockyard will cease in early 2016. Credit BAE Systems Australia

BAE Systems Australia has confirmed that it will be shedding 125 workers from their Williamstown yard. The split of workers was roughly 25 white-collar jobs and 100 blue-collar jobs. Premium

CAF calls for ‘bottom up’ innovation for implementation of Plan Jericho

AIRMSHL Davies gave the opening address at the Williams Foundation Plan Jericho innovation seminar. Credit: Second Line of Defense

On 6 August the Williams Foundation held a half day seminar discussing how the RAAF and indeed other services can create the transformation environment to support the design and implementation of the RAAF’s Plan Jericho. Premium

An update on Sea 5000 Future “Frigate” contenders

The Tahya Misr FREMM frigate recently joined the Egyptian Navy. Credit: DCNS

With all the song and dance surrounding recent announcements and all things future frigates we thought it time to revisit the options on the Sea 5000 table. Premium

Quickstep establishes Global R&D centre

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Advanced manufacturing company Quickstep Holdings has announced the establishment of a global research and development centre at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus, where Quickstep's automotive division is based.

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With more workers being laid off in Williamstown shipyard as we went to press it is apparent now more than an ever that the Valley of Death is upon us, regardless of recent shipbuilding announcements. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing tries to make sense of what both sides of the divide are saying, and also what “Competitive Evaluation Process” means – there are clearly more of them on the horizon. She also attempts to unravel some of the confusing rhetoric we are hearing on naval shipbuilding. Premium

Babcock launches training academy in Australia

Apprentices undergo training through Babcock’s UK Training Academy. Credit: Babcock International Group

Babcock International Group has launched Babcock Training Academy in Australia to meet growing demand within the defence sector for bespoke training programs. Premium

Menzies Research Centre publishes paper on Future Security Strategy

Babbage says the country’s independent defence capabilities need to be reinforced. Credit: USMC photo by Sgt. Ricardo Morales [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Former senior Defence official and Foundation Governor of the Institute For Regional Security Ross Babbage has written a new paper entitled Game Plan: The Case for a New Australian Grand Strategy. Premium