At 352 pages, this year’s edition is the largest defence-related volume in Australia and is bursting with exclusive interviews, corporate profiles, geo-political analysis and strategy, plus coverage of defence developments, new technology and critical infrastructure – all with the same exceptional quality that readers expect from WA DEFENCE REVIEW productions.
This year sees the introduction of a new International Relations & Diplomacy column, showcasing an exclusive interview with NATO’s most senior military officer and Chair of the NATO Military Committee, ADM Rob Bauer, who discusses regional and national strategic challenges and the growing cooperation between NATO and Australia. ADM Bauer’s role has previously been held by renowned military professionals GEN Omar Bradley and ADMF Earl Mountbatten of Burma and confirms the ongoing ability of WA DEFENCE REVIEW to bring the views of key international defence leaders directly to readers.
Exclusive interviews feature prominently in this fifth edition. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Hon Richard Marles, shares his views about AUKUS and the Defence Strategy Review 2023, while Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Hon Natasha Fyles, considers the NT’s evolution as the forward operating base for the ADF and its allies. There are also insights and discussions with WA Premier, Hon Roger Cook; Minister for Defence Industry, Hon Pat Conroy; WA Minister for Defence Industry, Hon Paul Papalia and Paddy Gregg, CEO of Austal, shipbuilder and global defence prime contractor.
The wealth of diverse and carefully curated content presented by WA DEFENCE REVIEW makes the Annual Publication a highly valuable resource for readers across WA, Australia and overseas.
The large number of attendees at the launch event, the largest turnout to date for a WA DEFENCE REVIEW event, attested to the publication’s importance as an integral resource for the defence industry, especially for decision-makers and industry leaders. “WA DEFENCE REVIEW is a valuable contributor to the discussion and debate on Australian defence issues,” says Jens Nielson, CEO, Luerssen Australia. “It is jam-packed full of the stuff that we need to understand – the insights and capabilities of everything we’re doing here in Western Australia,” adds Lindsay Metcalfe, Director, Vision Insurance Placements.
Paula Rogers, CEO of the Committee of Perth and MC for the evening, also shared her thoughts about this year’s publication, “WA DEFENCE REVIEW is an incredible publication and it’s incredible to see how it has progressed over the years.”
Building on that theme as Ms Rogers thanked attendees for their support, WA DEFENCE REVIEW Founder and Managing Editor Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe shared that when he first launched the annual review, he and his team really did start from nothing but that his vision has always been to develop an enterprise that could cover and bring together people from across the defence industry.
His vision was certainly realised at the launch event as attendees from across the defence industry – government, the private sector and academia – took full advantage of the opportunity to connect and network. “It’s been fantastic to catch up with all the defence network in WA,” Rebekah Manley, COO Onetide enthused, while Nihar Rai, Defence Industry Consultant from Southern Metropolitan TAFE agreed, “It’s good to meet and network, and it’s also a business opportunity.”
As he congratulated the WA DEFENCE REVIEW team on their achievements, Hon Terry Healy MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the WA Minister for Defence Industry, added that it is “a very, very exciting time to be involved in the defence industry in Western Australia.” It is a far cry from 2016, when WA struggled for recognition in the national defence arena. Establishing Defence West, the WA government agency for defence, underlines the recognition that WA’s position on the Indian Ocean places it at the frontlines of both the nation’s trade routes and its defence risks. The state is now also a mainstay of the national economy, responsible for 46% of all Australian exports and its strategic importance cannot be ignored.
WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s mission is to maintain this westward reorientation and to continue giving voice to local interests and concerns through its growing range of services. Beyond the yearly review, the company’s video channel, policy analysis blog and broad program of events provide a vital resource as a go-to independent authority on Australian defence.
Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe stressed that, year-on-year, WA DEFENCE REVIEW and its diverse offerings will strive to continue that growth, further extending the publication’s reach and increasing its range of contributors, commentators and thought leaders.
Summing up the spirit of celebration and excitement about WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s future, Anthony Stampone from Northern Metropolitan TAFE puts it best, “The magazine’s brilliant! I like the quality, the content; it’s really well done … Congratulations to seven years and here’s to seven more.”
The WA DEFENCE REVIEW launch event was sponsored by Luerssen Australia and Tammar Contractors, whose representatives, Jens Nielson and Larry Kickett also addressed attendees.