ADM Congress 2020

This major Defence/Industry Conference has evolved into a pivotal event
in the Defence calendar, attracting over 600 delegates each year.
19 February 2020 | Canberra Playhouse Theatre




WELCOME RECEPTION | Tuesday 18 February 2020

The Australian Defence Magazine will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending ADM Congress 2020.

The reception will feature a welcome speech and is an excellent opportunity to come and liaise with your colleagues, at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.

This function is included in your delegate registration.

19:00 – 21:00
Lavender Courtyard & Terrace
Hyatt Hotel Canberra



CONGRESS | 19 February 2020

8:50 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine


Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC, Minister for Defence (Invited)

9:25 Current and future capability of the Australian Army

  • Defence Force modernisation; how is the Army equipping itself for the future?
  • The Army’s role in regional security and multinational training exercises

Lieutenant General Richard Burr, Chief of the Army

9:45 Naval modernisation: Looking at the role the Navy plays in keeping the nation safe

  • Future frigate and submarine program
  • Outlining the improvement in capability and the opportunities this offers the Navy
  • Active and ongoing offshore operations and exercises

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Chief of the Navy

10:05 Address from CASG

Tony Fraser, Deputy Secretary – Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Department of Defence

10:30 Morning Tea and Networking Break


Heino Klinck, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for East Asia, Department of Defence USA

11:25 INDUSTRY KEYNOTE | Developing next-generation soldier weapon system

Developing next-generation soldier weapon system

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia

11:50 Current Defence spending by the Australian Government

  • Continued investment in Defence, can more be spent?
  • How does Australia’s current defence spending compare globally?
  • Is Nato’s 2% spend target sufficient to counter growing threats?

Dr Marcus Hellyer, Senior Analyst, ASPI

12:15 Delivering new capabilities at Scale

Mike Ellis, Senior Partner, McKinsey and Co
Andrew Dudgeon AM, Partner, McKinsey and Co

12:35 Lunch

13:40 PANEL

How does Australia’s investment in Defence capability compare to the military modernisation of global super powers and growing nations?

Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, ASPI
Joe North, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia

14:00 The Whiskey Project

Darren Schuback, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Whiskey Project

14:20 ADF Health as an enabler of Defence Capability

RADM Sarah Sharkey, Commander Joint Health, Department of Defence

14:40 Address from the NT Government

LTGEN (Ret) USMC John Wissler, Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate, Northern Territory Government

15:00 Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

15:30 Address from Defence Science and Technology Group

Senior Representative, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence

16:00 PANEL | Skilling the workforce: The future of STEM in Defence

  • Current policy and programs in to play to attract STEM skilled graduates to a career in Defence
  • Defence’s reliance on STEM in a rapidly evolving world

Justine Grieg, Deputy Secretary Defence People, Department of Defence and Co-Chair, Skilling STEM Council
Senior Representative, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence

17:00 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Katherine Ziesing, Managing Editor, Australian Defence Magazine