The lightweight towed Howitzer is the most advanced towed artillery system available in the world. It is air-portable under CH-47 Chinook helicopters and can provide a weight of fire not previously available to rapidly deployed forcesAustralia set to buy upgraded Howitzers Oct 30, 2009
The procurement of Australia's future submarine will be Australia's largest ever single defense project and will form a critical part of the nation's future defense forceAustralia explores home sub technology Aug 13, 2009
Any decision government makes in 2011 will take into account all relevant considerations including capability, cost, interoperability with other Australian Defense Force capabilities, Australian industry opportunities, risk and value for moneyAustralia to boost helicopter capability Feb 25, 2010
The ASMD program will ensure the Royal Australian Navy's Anzac frigates have a far greater level of self-defense against modern anti-ship missilesAustralia finalizes frigate upgrade Aug 05, 2009
Approval of this first batch of JSF aircraft is evidence of the Rudd government's strong commitment to defense and our commitment to implementing the Defense White PaperAustralia gives green light for F-35s Dec 03, 2009
John Philip Faulkner (born 12 April 1954) is an Australian politician. First a minister from 1993 in the Keating Labor government, Faulkner has been the federal Minister for Defence since June 2009.
He has been a Labor member of the Australian Senate since 1989, representing the state of New South Wales. Following a period serving on various Senate Committees and as Deputy Whip, he was appointed a Minister of the Crown in the Keating Labor government, which he remained until the 1996 election. Following several years in opposition as a Shadow Minister he was appointed in 2007 as Vice-President of the Executive Council and Special Minister of State in the Rudd Government. Within Labor circles, Faulkner's elder statesman status is virtually unrivalled by any presently active politician.
He announced in July 2010 that he would return to the backbench after the 2010 election.