Sunday, September 30, 2007

Defence Export Unit

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has set up a Defence Export Unit (DEU) to help Australian industry export military products, such as high speed catamarans. The minister announced Mr Terry Whelan as the head of the unit. According to Janes Defence Weekly, the unit will concentrate in niche products. Apart from ships, the products would include radars from CEA. In a talk in Hobart this month, I suggested Tasmania could sell Warships on The Web.

The Head Defence Export Unit (DEU) will manage a new area within Industry Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation which acts to assist Australian defence industry in their export efforts. In addition to directly assisting Industry, the DEU
will act as a centre of expert knowledge and a point of
departmental liaison between Defence and other government agencies such as Austrade and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources on defence export issues and policy. The position will provide a range of defence export advocacy, and
facilitation services and defence export policy advice to assist Defence, industry and other government agency stakeholders.

Details of employment note: Duration of engagement is three years.

From: Head DefenceExport Unit, Australian Public Service Gazette, No. PS 20, 24 May 2007

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