Matt Ramage and Sheridan Kearney at Meet the Chiefs briefing

The strategic vision for an innovative Australian defence industry is being backed by ongoing investment in innovation, representatives from industry and government heard at the recent Defence Watch ‘Meet the Chiefs’ industry briefing.

The Department of Defence’s First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy, Dr Sheridan Kearnan, and Assistant Secretary Defence Industry, Mr Matt Ramage, presented at the industry briefing in Canberra on 5 July.

Dr Kearnan and Mr Ramage discussed the Defence Industrial Capability Plan, which sets out the Government’s strategic vision and objectives for the defence industry and outlines the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

Mr Ramage said the Defence Industrial Capability Plan would drive an innovative domestic defence industry that was better placed to meet Defence’s capability needs.

“The Defence Industrial Capability Plan describes how Defence will partner with industry to build a more robust and capable industry over the next decade,” Mr Ramage said.

Dr Kearnan explained how this vision is supported by the Defence Innovation Hub, one of Defence’s signature innovation programs.

“The Defence Innovation Hub pulls Australian innovation into Defence capability, helping to build a stronger defence industry,” Dr Kearnan said.

“Hub investments are driven by strategy-led priorities, with a clear view on pathways to acquisition and introduction to service. Successful innovation contracts that progress through the innovation cycle are also supported by Defence, through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, to explore export and supply chain opportunities.”