In April, the government announced a partnership with Raytheon Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia to deliver a $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise. A few weeks later, the PM promised $50 million to create a new business and research partnership with the University of Adelaide.
But there is one partnership approach that has been largely overlooked to date. And it’s with the industry that will deliver the physical assets to build, train, maintain and house our Defence capability.
It’s easy to get excited about the manufacturing of weapons and training future scientists but building the physical infrastructure to support this capability is not so exciting and a much bigger task than anyone might expect.