Dealing with compelling maritime threats: The case for unmanned systems

Positioned astride the nexus of three great oceans, the Pacific, the Indian and the Southern, Australia has been a contributor to— and has benefited from—the dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region. As readers of Asia–Pacific Defence Reporter are well aware, globalisation has brought unimagined prosperity to the region, and Australians know how connected the country is to the economic fate of the Indo-Pacific.

The statistics that describe the region that stretches, “from polar bears to Penguins, and from Hollywood to Bollywood” covers 52% of the earth’s surface, contains 36 countries (spanning 16 time zones), is home to almost 3.5 billion people and boasts the world’s three largest…

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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