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Google to Improve Connectivity in South Pacific With Two Upcoming Subsea Cables

Google is installing two new transpacific subsea cables in the Pacific Ocean as part of the South Pacific Connect initiative.  The first cable, named Honomoana after the Polynesian word for “link” and “ocean,” will connect French Polynesia to the United States and Australia. Meanwhile, Tabua, named after a sacred Fijian whale’s tooth, will serve communities in...

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Microsoft to Spend $3.1B for Expansion of Cloud, AI Infrastructure in Australia

Microsoft has announced an investment of $3.1 billion to expand its cloud computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure in Australia through 2025. The company said the digital investment will enable Australia to deploy AI technologies to fortify its economic competitiveness, generate highly skilled jobs and safeguard the country from evolving cyberthreats. Microsoft Vice Chairman and President...

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UK, International Allies Participate in Joint Exercise Bersama Lima in Malaysia

Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force participated in a three-week joint exercise held in Malaysia. Exercise Bersama Lima, which commenced on Oct. 4, saw troops from the U.K., Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand conduct combat air simulations, beach landings, jungle warfare training and coordinated naval gunfire support....

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Hanwha Enlists Allison Propulsion for Australia’s Armored Vehicles

Hanwa of South Korea will use Allison Transmission’s X1100-5A3 cross-drive propulsion platform for Australia’s Hanwah Redback armored vehicles. The Australian Army chose the Redback to replace its M113 armored personnel carriers in July, beating out German company Rheinmetall’s KF41 Lynx vehicle. According to Defense News, 129 Redbacks will be manufactured under Project Land 400 Phase...

Lockheed Martin to Sponsor the Melbourne Space Program for 12 Months
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Lockheed Martin to Sponsor the Melbourne Space Program for 12 Months

Lockheed Martin Australia is sponsoring the Melbourne Space Program to help nurture the next generation of space leaders. The program is open to university students who have the aptitude for innovation and problem-solving. Each year, the program selects participants from various disciplines, including engineering and business, to build skills and real-world experience.  Lockheed Martin Australia will...

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US Launches Emerging Technology Summit With Five Eyes Partners

Representatives from the Five Eyes intelligence partnership have traveled to Palo Alto, California, to launch the first-ever Emerging Technology and Securing Innovation Security Summit. The aim of the summit, hosted by the FBI, was to provide an avenue for business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials and academics to discuss trends and threats related to emerging technologies such...

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Bersama Lima 2023 Military Exercise Commences in Malaysia

The United Kingdom and its partner nations Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand have commenced a two-week military exercise under the Five Power Defence Arrangements the countries signed in 1971. The Bersama Lima 2023 exercise, which began on Wednesday with Malaysia as the host country, aims to strengthen cooperation between participating countries to maintain regional...

Australia Steps Up Strategic Defense Program With $140M Investment in Munition Factories
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Australia Steps Up Strategic Defense Program With $140M Investment in Munition Factories

Australia’s Department of Defence announced on Friday that the Albanese administration is investing $140 million to boost the munitions production capacity in the ammo factories in Mulwala, New South Wales, and Benalla, Victoria. Defence Australia said the investment exemplifies the government delivering on the Defence Strategic Review’s priority to quickly build local manufacturing and increase...

Thales Acquires Australia’s Tesserent as It Looks to Strengthen Its Global Cybersecurity Portfolio
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Thales Acquires Australia’s Tesserent as It Looks to Strengthen Its Global Cybersecurity Portfolio

French defense and aerospace company Thales has finalized its acquisition of Australian cybersecurity firm Tesserent, a deal that it said will contribute to building its cybersecurity business worldwide. Tesserent’s full suite of cybersecurity solutions and services delivered a 2022 turnover of $117.4 million, making it one of the leading industry players in the country. Its...

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Australian Defense Companies Invited to Submit Applications for 2024 Export Catalog

Canberra has begun accepting applications from local defense companies for inclusion in the 2024 edition of a catalog that promotes its products and services to foreign governments. The previous edition of the now-renamed Australian Defence Export Catalogue featured over 250 export-ready products and services. In 2024, renaming the publication reflects “the government’s intent not only...

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