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4th Annual Northern Australia Defence Summit

19 - 20 October 2016 | Darwin Convention Centre

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Michael GunnerThe Hon. Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government
Luke BowenLuke Bowen, General Manager, Northern Australia Development and Trade, Northern Territory Government
Major General Andrew BottrellMajor General Andrew Bottrell, CSC and Bar, DSM, Commander Operation Sovereign Borders, Australian Defence Force
Mark PurcellRear Admiral Mark Purcell AM, Strategic Defence Advisory Board Member, Northern Territory Government
Brigadier Tim Bayliss, Program Manager United States Force Posture Initiatives, Department of Defence
Lieutenant Colonel John Papalitsas CSC, Commanding Officer NORFORCE, Australian Army
Wing Commander Wes Perrett - Informa Conferences Wing Commander Wes Perrett, Commanding officer No 13 Squadron, Senior ADF Officer, RAAF Base Darwin, Department of Defence
Dr Jiyoung Song, Director and Research Fellow, Migration and Border Policy Project, Lowy Institute for International Policy
John O'Callaghan John O'Callaghan, Executive Director, Australian Industry Group Defence Council
John Coyne Dr John Coyne, Head of Border Security Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Alan Schmidt - Informa Conferences Allan Schmidt, Sector Leader Defence, Sitzler
Euan Graham Dr Euan Graham, Director, International Security, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Alan RankinsAlan Rankins, National President, Australian Industry Defence Network
Brett SangsterBrett Sangster, Executive General Manager, Defence, Downer
Marko Misko - Informa Conferences Marko Misko, Partner, Clayton Utz
Richard Morrison - Informa Conferences Richard Morrison, Partner, Sparke Helmore

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, maintenance and sustainment required for their operation. With defence industry contributing almost 7% of economic growth of the top end, the region continues to maximise the benefits as the ADF's gateway to Asia and as a strategic base for long term defence collaboration and force posture.

The conference will be a high level policy-driven summit with a theme and focus on 'Mobilising defence capability and force posture in Northern Australia' that will examine key issues including: defence economics, strategic policy, implications from the white paper and 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:

- 2016 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