SECURING AUSTRALIA'S SPACE INDUSTRY FORUM 2017
On 20 November 2017, the Securing Australia’s Space Industry Forum – hosted by Lockheed Martin in partnership with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Space Industry Association of Australia – saw leaders from Australia’s space industry, government and academia come together to explore both the opportunities and the challenges presented by the proposed National Space Agency.
The Forum program included a keynote address by Dr Megan Clark, Chair of the Space Industry Capability Review, and a panel discussion facilitated by Rod Drury, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and featuring some of Australia’s leading space industry commentators:
· Peter Jennings PSM, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
· Air Vice Marshal (ret) Mark Skidmore AM, Chairman of Skykraft
· Michael Pakakis, Director of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre
· Solange Cunin, Founder and CEO of space-education school program Cuberider.
These prominent industry participants highlighted some of the key themes that will form the basis of many conversations among industry, government and academic leaders as the countdown to Australia’s National Space Agency begins.
SECURING AUSTRALIA’S DEFENCE INDUSTRY
A DISCUSSION PAPER
This discussion paper was drawn from selected keynotes presented at the inaugural Securing Australia’s Defence Industry Forum event held in Melbourne on the 18th of May 2016.
The government’s Defence White Paper and accompanying Defence Industry Policy Statement inextricably link national security and economic prosperity with capability planning. This raises important questions for the defence industry, not only in the provision of Australia’s defence materiel, but also regarding its role in the transition of the wider economy away from low-cost manufacturing and mining. For example, what should the sector do to become more innovative? How can it open itself up more to technology, talented personnel, SMEs and start-ups? And, how can the defence sector help put Australia on the map as part of global supply chains?