Defence: strategy and capability

Defence: strategy and capability

Mar 7
Australia’s regional influence and strategic alliances are challenged as Asian economies grow and military forces modernise. Our defence policies and priorities are crucial to economic success.


Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Federal Minister for Defence
Chris Smith, General Manager Operations, Boeing Defence Australia

Event overview

Australia’s defence policy has long been one of self-reliance, but future defence forces will operate in changed geopolitical and economic circumstances. What sovereign defence capability and what strategic alliances will best promote economic security and grow defence industries?

A reimagined relationship between defence and industry will increase our influence and promote security in this region at a time of tremendous economic growth and modernising military forces.  Defence strategy and the investment of $195 billion will transform the business of defence.

To hear why defence policy is critical to economic stability and how change will grow industry, expertise and local economies join CEDA’s cross sector audience and defence experts.

Meet the speakers

Senator the Hon. Marise Payne
Federal Minister for Defence

Senator Payne is Australia’s first female Defence Minister. She has served as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and Minister for Human Services. The Minister has said that Australia needs ‘industry to be postured and structured to meet the threats and challenges we face today and to be positioning now for the future’.

Chris Smith
General Manager Operations, Boeing Defence Australia

Boeing supports some of Australia’s largest defence projects. Boeing Defence Australia employs over 2000 employees at 14 locations. Chris is responsible for Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Program Management, Information Technology and has worked with Boeing in the U.S, Saudi Arabia, UK and Australia.

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