Welcome to Defence – Senator Marise Payne

The new Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne is congratulated by The Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, after being officially sworn in at Government House on 21 September. Credit: Defence

In a surprise move, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Senator Marise Payne as Defence Minister.

Enhancing innovation in Defence Service delivery

Leo O’Shea Director Service Delivery UK MoD speaks at the event. Credit: ADM Patrick Durrant

ADM's fourth Defence Estate and Base Services Summit was held in Canberra on Tuesday 22 September with a record attendance.

Abe secures reform to allow Japanese troops to fight overseas

Japanese Ground Self Defence Force troops during a training operation. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Japan's parliament has voted into law a defence policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945. Premium

First bilateral exercise a success

HMAS Arunta conducts a Replenishment at Sea approach with Indian Navy ship INS Shakti during AUSINDEX 2015. Credit: Defence

The inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia, AUSINDEX15, has concluded in Visakhapatnam, India. Premium

Rheinmetall delivers first flatracks to NZ Army under MHOV contract

The Flatracks for the NZ Army will allow rapid transport of logistics supplies. Credit: RMMVA

Rheinmetall has delivered the first tranche of Australian built flatracks to the NZ Army as part of the company’s Medium and Heavy Operational Vehicle fleet contract.

Hawkei engineer wins AIDN NSW Young Achiever Award

Christine Chen pictured earlier this year at an AIDN event receiving an award for her work. Credit: AIDN NSW

The NSW division of the Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) has awarded Christine Chen from Thales its Young Achiever of the Year award for 2015. Premium

Defence support projects before Public Works Committee

In order to support OneSKY, Defence is seeking approval from the Public Works Committee to deliver new and upgraded infrastructure to several air traffic management bases across Australia. Credit: Airservices Australia

Two projects totalling $686 million have been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. Premium

Lockheed Martin and Norway celebrate rollout of Norway’s First F-35A

Minister Søreide and AM-1.jpg Caption: Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide with the Norwegian Armed Force's first F-35, known as AM-1, at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Ceremonies were held on 23 September at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A for the Norwegian Armed Forces. Premium

Deakin’s Robotics Research Centre to work with General Dynamics IT

At left are Professors Lee Astheimer and Saeid Nahavandi from Deakin University with General Dynamics executives. Credit: Deakin University

Deakin University’s Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) will work with General Dynamics IT to help improve its advanced robotics and simulation capabilities. Premium

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In case you missed it we have a new Defence Minister in the form of Senator Marise Payne. Our Editor Katherine Ziesing welcomes her into the Defence fold. Premium