Interviews

Among its many achievements, Saab Australia is a member of the award-winning Anzac anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) team with its 9LV Combat Management System and has provided Army with the Giraffe AMB radar capability as part of a rapid C-RAM solution. To find out more and to learn how the company intends to expand its presence in Australia, ADM Acting Editor Nigel Pittaway spoke with managing director Dean Rosenfield.

Lockheed Martin Australia has increased its local footprint significantly in recent years and is looking to expand even further in the near-term as products such as the Joint Strike Fighter and MH-60R Seahawk Romeo enter service with the ADF and it awaits the results of tenders lodged for several projects, including AIR 5428 and JP2072.

Five years after becoming President of Boeing Australia and South Pacific, Ian Thomas is moving to Beijing to head the company’s burgeoning China division. Australian Defence Magazine asked Thomas how Boeing Australia had changed during his tenure, and about Australia’s future as a defence and high technology manufacturer.

MBDA is one of the biggest missile companies in the world alongside Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The European company has recently set up shop in Canberra to help highlight what the company can offer in the Australian context. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to local MD Andy Watson to see what the company is up to.

The Royal Australian Air Force is about half way through a decade of massive transition. Close to their entire fleet is being replaced or upgraded in one way or another. Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown spoke to ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing about what 2014 looks like for the RAAF.

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.

A naval career spanning 35 years has seen Vice Admiral Ray Griggs progress from recruit radio operator to Chief of Navy. Now he faces the challenges of implementing significant new capabilities while boosting Navy’s technical and engineering resources at a time of economic stringency. He spoke to ADM’s Editor Katherine Ziesing about the challenges facing his organisation given the tide of shipbuilding programs on the horizon.

The Australian Army is in a period of de facto transition; winding down its presence in Afghanistan while progressing a new force structure and developing its amphibious skills.

In 10 years, Aspen Medical has gone from a handful of people in the back blocks of Canberra to an international company with interests on almost every continent on the globe providing turnkey health solutions to governments, militaries and private industry. Founder, CEO and MD Glenn Keys spoke with ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing about the journey and what the company is now up to now.

ADM editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to Raytheon’s Michael Ward early last month to get a sense of how the larger end of the Defence industry is coping with the market and the opportunities available. With a focus on SME engagement and programs, Ward was upbeat about future prospects.

Anecdotally, times have been tough for the SME end of Defence Industry. But as this month’s From the Source interviewee points out, that’s a broad spectrum of businesses who work across many areas of Defence. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing recently spoke to AIDN national president Graham Priestnall about the SME and wider Defence industry landscape.

NIOA is best known for their work on the civil side of the ammunition business but have taken a huge leap by partnering with ATK for the Domestic Munitions Manufacturing Arrangements (DMMA) program. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to managing director Robert Nioa to get his views on how to grow an SME, compete for major Defence programs and the challenges the business faces.

BAE Systems Detica is the newest branch of the well-known BAE Systems brand to hit our region. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to managing director Richard Watson about the challenges in the ever growing cyber world and how Australia is preparing itself to cope with this new battlespace.

Every so often ADM moves away from the platform based companies to look at the service side of the Defence industry. Booz & Company Australia have been working behind the scenes in Defence for some time, looking to improve processes, management frameworks and generally make businesses work better. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing spoke to Booz & Co director David Vrancic about the issues his company and the defence community face.

Australian Defence Magazine began life with its first issue in 1993 as the brainchild of managing editor Judy Hinz. Together with her husband Peter Masters, they were already involved in publishing in the defence/industry sector with the weekly Australian Defence News and the Directory of Defence Suppliers. This is the 221st edition of the magazine, and for the first time in ADM’s history, we take the opportunity with our From the Source interview to turn the spotlight on ourselves.