Welcome to the October 2021 edition of ADMDefence in the North.

Group Editor Ewen Levick and Editor Nigel Pittaway open this month's edition with an editorial on transparency in Defence, as it has become increasingly difficult for trade media to engage with the Department. We also farewell Advertising and Features Manager David Jones after 14+ years with ADM. To mark the occasion, David has also written a retrospective on his time in the industry in this edition of the magazine.

Our main feature this month is the annual look at Defence in the North, in which Ewen covers training, infrastructure and maritime sustainment across northern Australia.

This month we also cover the announcement that Australia has ditched the Attack class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered alternative under the AUKUS agreement. As this means the Collins class submarines will now need to stay in the water longer than anticipated, Senior Correspondent Julian Kerr looks at Saab's experience refitting Sweden's Gotland class submarines.

Julian also speaks with Managing Director of BAE Systems Australia Craig Lockhart on the Future Frigate program, and Nigel writes on quantum computing and logistics, battlefield aviation, and simulation.

Our From the Source interviewee this month is Hanwha Defense Australia Managing Director Richard Cho.

The digital edition can be read here.

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