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4th Annual Northern Australia Defence Summit

19 - 20 October 2016 | Darwin Convention Centre

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  2015 Speakers include:


Hon. Adam Giles MLA - Informa ConferencesHon. Adam Giles MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government
Hon. Peter Styles MLA - Informa Conferences Hon. Peter Styles MLA, Minister for Defence Industries, Northern Territory Government
Air Marshal Gavin Davies - Informa Conferences Air Marshal Gavin Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force
Air Marshal Eris Herryanto - Informa Conferences Air Marshal (Ret'd) Eris Herryanto, Strategic Defence Advisory Board Member, Northern Territory Government
Andrew Bottrell - Informa Conferences Major General Andrew Bottrell, CSC and Bar, DSM, Commander Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Major General David Mulhall - Informa ConferencesMajor General David Mulhall, AM, CSC, Incoming Commander Joint Logistics, Australian Defence Force
Mark Purcell - Informa Conferences Rear Admiral Mark Purcell, RAN, Head Maritime Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence
Air Commodore Anker Brodersen - Informa Conferences Air Commodore Anker Brodersen, Program Manager - US Force Posture Initiatives, Department of Defence
Mick Harris - Informa ConferencesCaptain Mick Harris,Commander of the Mine Warfare, Hydrographic and Patrol Boat Group, Royal Australian Navy
Professor Alan Dupont - Informa Conferences Professor Alan Dupont, Professor of International Security, University of New South Wales
Professor Richard Tanter - Informa Conferences Professor Richard Tanter, Senior Research Associate, Nautilus Institute
Dr John Coyne - Informa Conferences Dr John Coyne, Senior Analyst - Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Alan Schmidt - Informa Conferences Allan Schmidt, Sector Leader Defence, Sitzler
Gary Bettcher - Informa Conferences Gary Bettcher, Northern Territory President, Australian Defence & Industry Network

As Northern Australia continues to establish itself as a key military and strategic region for the ADF and its partners, further investment is needed to support the multitude of major defence projects and the necessary infrastructure required for their operation. The north has proven to be an attractive and resourceful location for defence/industry with close links to the Asia Pacific, a strong economy, existing military presence & capabilities, and accessible land which together provide many opportunities for growth and development in the region.

The conference will be a high level policy-driven summit with a theme and focus on 'Defence as a driver for developing the top end' that will examine key issues including: defence economics, strategic policy, the 2015 white paper, the first principles review, border protection and surveillance, US force posture initiatives, USMC bilateral exercises, engagement with regional partners, defence infrastructure and estate maintenance. The event will hear from ministers, defence officials, military commanders, industry leaders, prime contractors, defence SMEs, strategic analysts, academics and consultants.

Topics include:

- 2015 white paper
- First principles review
- Border protection and surveillance
- US force posture initiatives
- USMC/ADF bilateral exercises
- Engagement with regional partners
- Defence infrastructure and estate maintenance
- Logistics planning, co-ordination and global strategy
- Confronting a more complex security environment

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at this oustanding industry gathering please contact: Paul Towle: 02 9080 4422 or email

Who should attend:

- Senior military officers and command staff
- Defence personnel and officials
- ASEAN defence force officers
- Prime Contractors
- Defence SMEs
- Construction and maintenance contractors
- National security and intelligence agencies
- Customs and border protection agencies
- Diplomats and federal government officials
- Crisis response and humanitarian organisations
- Policy makers
- Researchers/Analysts
- Consultants
- Acedemics