ISSUE NO. 331 – THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 2015 PREMIUM EDITION NEWS | INTELLIGENCE | BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES | EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE Australia needs informed debate on submarines: RUSI�������������������1 At what point do we stop caring about shipbuilding?���������������������2 How Canada does defence���������������������3 AMG more than an airline�����������������������5 KC-30A and JSF refuelling trials�������������6 Aviation fire truck contract announced���������������������������������6 Japan and Australia to support JSF in the region �����������������������8 FORTHCOMING EVENTS�������������������� 9 CONTACT DETAILS EDITOR Katherine Ziesing Tel: 0419 014 308 Email: [email protected] MANAGING EDITOR Judy Hinz Tel: 07 3348 6966 Email: [email protected] what happened to Phil’s details? CONTRIBUTORS Phillip Smart Mob: +61 (0) 423 050 727 E: [email protected] Julian Kerr Mob: 0418 635 823 Email: [email protected] STUDIO MANAGER Lauren Esdaile Email: [email protected] SUBSCRIPTIONS Martin Phillpott Toll Free 1800 807 760 Email: [email protected] Australia needs informed debate on submarines: RUSI PHILIP SMART | ADELAIDE Australia’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) believes Australia needs a public debate on building the future submarine in country and will host a national conference in Adelaide in March to provide the platform. Although speakers and format have not yet been finalised, RUSI national president, Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland (Rtd) said the conference, planned for Adelaide Convention Centre on March 24 to 26, will provide a level of balanced, informed discourse that has been lacking in previous public debate. “This debate needs to inform the public on the issues of one the biggest defence programs in our history,” AVM Espeland said. “The Federal Government is due to make a further announcement on the sub program shortly and we know that the media and the political commentary relating to the Collins Class has not been a balanced one. “It is important for the discourse to be informed in a balanced and non-selective way and encompass all the issues from capabilities through sovereignty, alliances, reliance, access to design and other risks, defence industry, the relevance of hull worthiness, economic value and finally, to people and skills. It needs to happen, the timing is right and Adelaide is the appropriate venue for historical, political, economic and public interest reasons.” ADM’s Defence Week Premium Edition – This publication is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the permission of the publisher. NEWS He believes RUSI is an appropriate organisation to host such a debate, through its charter to keep the public informed of defence matters. RUSI South Australia Councillor, retired Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander Mark Ryan, is the point man on the event. Ryan’s RAAF maritime patrol and acoustics intelligence career included a 25-year relationship with Australia’s submarine force. He believes the voices that could provide balance to the debate have had little opportunity to be heard, and that Australia’s success in building an advanced submarine design has been underrated. “I lived through the Collins Class building program and witnessed the growing pains of DSTO, industry and the Navy in trying to get our first class of submarine build right,” Ryan said. “The public does not hear of the patrols, the operational and strategic missions that our submariners successfully undertake. I can assure you that our submarine force has one of the highest standings in the international submarine world and the boats cut the mustard when they have to.” AVM Espeland said the public has a right to understand the issues at play in Australia’s largest defence procurement project. “Let’s have a conference, let’s have it in Adelaide and let’s ensure it provides a balanced view of the issues at hand,” he said. “It is the very least the public expect.” At what point do we stop caring about shipbuilding? KATHERINE ZIESING | CANBERRA There’s a very good chance that by the end of the year that BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard, and perhaps Forgacs Newcastle yard, will be effectively closing. Even if the government decides tomorrow that they want a fourth Air Warfare Destroyer or drastically bring forward any other shipbuilding program, Williamstown will have perhaps two dozen people at the yard. None of them will be doing anything much with steel apart from looking at it longingly. ISSUE NO. 331 | PAGE 2 ADM’s Defence Week Premium Edition – This publication is copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the permission of the publisher.
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