PAGC2301 Asia Pacific DefenceSome breaking news: a decision on Land 400 Phase 3 is imminent. Then we look at the Nuclear-powered submarine taskforce and the role of ex-Human Services departmental head Kathryn Campbell.

We offer some guidance to the Prime Minister: review all of the advice that has come from that task force very, very carefully. Either you are being misled – or if you know the full facts then the Australian people are being misled, you can’t have it both ways. And a quick look at the situation in the US with the Virginia class submarine program.

It’s turning into a maintenance nightmare with 18 of them currently either being worked on or tied up waiting for their turn. How do we know this? Because we have the words of RADM Jonathan Rucker, Program Executive Officer, Attack Submarines (PEO SSN). You see, in the US their citizens have the right to know what is happening.

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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.


  1. What ever you do please don’t stop the PODCASTS. I for one enjoy them immensely. Apart from being informative they are unbelievably unbiased, anything that you say can be checked with a little bit of Googling. Keep up the good work, look forward to hearing more.


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