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Episode 2 - ASPI discusses COVID-19's impact on Australia's Defence funding & the changing strategic environment
In this episode, Grant McHerron meets with Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor of ADM, and Dr Marcus Hellyer & Dr Malcolm Davies from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) for a lively discussion on topics relating to government funding of Defence, the changing strategic environment and the impacts on both due to COVID-19.
Commencing with Defence funding, Dr Hellyer reviews the government's apparent commitment to 2% of GDP for funding, along with the 2016 Defence White Paper's minimum spend levels. We also discuss historical examples of Defence funding since WW2, impacts on funding from previous recessions and the impact of sustainment costs.
Moving on to the strategic environment, Dr Davies considers that we are in a period of strategic warning with China increasing its global presence which, in turn, will put significant pressure on our Defence funding that may create difficulties for government budgeting. We also discuss public awareness of the changing strategic situation, the potential for the USA to reduce its presence in our area and the increase in political & intelligence operations being experienced.
The strategic discussion segways towards the possible transition from large, expensive platforms to asymmetric, networked collections of less expensive assets and the increasing use of autonomous unmanned systems. We then wrap up with a discussion on supply chain security, Australian Industry Capability and why doing everything in Australia may not be the optimum solution going forward.
Episode 1 - Welcome to Australian Defence Magazine and the ADM Congress
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Australian Defence Magazine podcast where Grant McHerron talks to Katherine Ziesing, the Managing Editor of ADM. We discuss ADM's history, it's coverage and audience, along with Kath's involvement with the magazine. We also cover the various events ADM organises and our goals for this podcast.
For many of us, one of the primary events in our calendar is the ADM Congress, held in February each year with the 17th event being held in 2020. Kath tells us how it started and has evolved to its current status. We also hear from Gary Stewart, the CEO of Vehicles Systems Asia Pacific at Rheinmetall, as he gives his views on the importance and benefit of ADM Congress.
Following Gary's comments, we raise the topic of Australian Industry Capability (AIC) and hear some comments from Kath and Gary on the topic.
To wrap it all up, we discuss the major projects going on for Army and Navy now that the majority of Air Force's new platforms have been delivered. For Navy particularly, this will be a multi-generational transformation over decades and the impacts of COVID-19 on funding have yet to be felt.