The 2017 Defence + Industry (D+I) Conference has been labeled a resounding success after the event took place in Canberra this month.
Following from the triumph of the 2016 conference, Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Kim Gillis applauded this year’s event, and said it continues to play a key role in supporting Defence and industry collaboration.
“The 2017 conference has again brought together a diverse group of enterprises from across the Defence and security sector, including keynote speakers, decision-makers, equipment operators, project managers primes, and small to medium enterprises,” Mr Gillis said.
In addition to the conference, CASG hosted a Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, recognising the exemplary work performed by Defence and industry in the delivery of capability to the war fighter.
“This year’s gala event was our way of celebrating the collaborative achievements of project teams who have successfully provided support services, major and minor sustainment and acquisition activities,” Mr Gillis said.
“Most notably were the Essington Lewis Trophy for Excellence in a Major company team for 2016 which was awarded to CASG and industry’s FFG Systems Program Office, and the Essington Lewis Trophy for Excellence for Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) team of the year, awarded to CASG and Ferra Engineering’s JDAM Enhancements.
“This year’s conference and Gala Awards Evening has provided a critical platform for Government-to-business and business-to-business networking opportunities.
“It included the addition of a series of thought-provoking presentations from Defence and industry, touching on innovation, past and future Defence capabilities, SME experiences, exports, capability life cycles, and next generation acquisition and sustainment,” he said.
Mr Gillis said events such as the D+I Conference shape the definition of ‘One Defence’.
“Until recently, we’d viewed ‘One Defence’ as how we behave as an organisation however in actual fact, Defence and industry combined are One Defence; we successfully deliver capability to the warfighter collectively,” he said.
Closing the event for the year, Mr Gillis thanked those involved, particularly the SME contributors.
“We couldn’t have done this without the support of the Australian Defence Magazine (ADM), along with Defence industry corporate supporters Thales Australia, ACT Government, Lockheed Martin Australia, ASC, Navantia, AirBus, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Boeing, Broadspectrum, CEA Technologies, General Dynamics, L3 Technologies, QinetiQ and CIVSEC 2018.”