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LOCKHEED MARTIN AUSTRALIA & NZ VICE PRESIDENT AND CEO, VINCE DI PIETRO
Securing the skilled resources required to develop
Australia’s future defence capabilities, and then
support the sustainment of those capabilities is, in
my opinion, the most significant challenge facing
The Government has responded to that challenge.
Policy directions implemented through the
Defence Industry Policy Statement, Defence
Integrated Investment Program, and the recently
revised Defence Procurement Policy Manual are
arguably the most significant reforms we have seen.
At their heart is an acknowledgement that Defence
must deliver a significant capability modernisation
program to build Australia’s future ADF, and an
understanding that Australian industry must continue
to play a critical role in the sustainment of those
A legacy of that modernisation program will
therefore be an enduring Sovereign Capability,
primed to support through-life sustainment of the
ADF in all domains.
While it is likely that Global Supply Chains will
continue to play a role in ADF sustainment, it is
critical for local industry to prioritise collaborative
initiatives that have the potential to reduce our future
reliance on them.
The successful realisation of the Government’s
vision for defence requires industry to maintain a
concerted focus on those capability challenges, and
the role we can play in assisting to meet them.
For our part, Lockheed Martin Australia is
utilising our extensive sustainment experience and
collaborative research capabilities to respond to
the sustainment challenges facing Australia’s future
forces in the integrated battlespace.
As the Australian company representing Lockheed
Martin, a global leader in defence and technology, we
work with local partners to bring best practice and
leading edge concepts and technologies to Australia,
delivering exceptional program performance and
unparalleled innovation across many environments
We employ more than 750 Australians across
every mainland state and territory, while our programs
and projects support a further 3,000 jobs locally
in Australia in advanced manufacturing and high
Our diverse portfolio is well aligned with Australia’s
security needs, forming a critical backbone of
Australia’s current and future defence capabilities
including Next Generation Pilot Training, Combat
Systems Integration, Rotary Wing Systems and
Sustainment, 5th Generation Air Combat Capability,
Over the Horizon Radar Capability and Surveillance
across air, sea, land and space.
In addition, we partner with Australia’s research
and industry communities to support our global
supply chains, providing opportunities for technology
transfer, innovation, local skilled jobs and business
growth. Fundamentally, we believe Australia has the
world class talent needed to compete, and succeed,
on the world stage.
Our investments in local industry, such as through
the F-35 Industrial Participation and Global Supply
Chain (GSC) programs have created opportunities
for our partners to win export business.
To date, over 50 Australian companies have
contributed to the F-35 program, with a contracted
value (as at December 2016) of over AUD$800
million, developing and sustaining high tech
manufacturing jobs for Australian Industry.
We are immensely proud that in every one of the
over 200 F-35s flying today, as well as those in
production now and in the future, there is a suite
of Australian industrial technology, backed by local
experience and expertise.
In 2012, Lockheed Martin Australia established
a partnership with the Department of Defence to
support the GSC program. Since then, we have
awarded over $50 million in contracts to 24 Australian
companies and research organisations, providing
opportunities for technology transfer, innovation,
local skilled jobs and sustainable business growth
through export opportunities.
Ours is a company culture truly dedicated to
innovation, which means internally we’re doing our
utmost to stay at the forefront of understanding, with
a real commitment to horizon scanning.
Importantly, this approach also sets the environment
for the second ingredient, which are partnerships.
We have a long history of partnership with
Australia’s leading Universities and the Defence
Science and Technology Group (DSTG). Since 2012,
Lockheed Martin has invested almost $16 million in
research and development (R&D) in Australia.
Last year, we invested a further $13 million by
establishing STELaRLab – our Science Technology,
Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory in
Melbourne, significantly increasing and concentrating
our R&D focus here.
Through STELaRLab, we are partnering with
Australia’s finest minds across a number of
institutions from across Australia to work with
our innovation ecosystem to solve enduring and
emerging challenges in fields such as algorithm
development, information systems, advanced
analytics, and machine reasoning, applied to areas
as diverse as autonomous systems, C4ISR, and
When considering the breadth of that scope,
it is important to note that many technologies we
rely on today in the civilian world originated from,
or were further refined in, the defence domain.
Indeed, Lockheed Martin’s own R&D heritage is not
restricted to defence.
Our laboratories are our principle engagement
mechanism for leading edge technology development
and innovation with our technology partners.
We bring that experience, together with our
people, to help solve the challenges of tomorrow,
today through game-changing innovations in energy
and climate, healthcare, advanced materials, and
That commitment to R&D demonstrates Lockheed
Martin’s enduring presence to help drive growth, and
prosperity, and position Australia as a leading and
dynamic 21st Century economy.
Lockheed Martin Australia & NZ Vice President and CEO,
Vince Di Pietro
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