Deep links between the private sector and Defence have been to the nation’s benefit. But it’s complicated. The department has expanded its toolbox to manage this ‘revolving door’

By Bernard Keane

September 27, 2019

A MRH-90 Taipan with seven participants of Exercise Executive Stretch 2019 transits from HMAS Creswell on route to HMAS Albartoss. *** Local Caption *** The Defence Reservist Support ACT and SE NSW hosted seven executives between Sunday 02 June and Monday 03 June as a part of Exercise Executive Stretch 2019. Department of Defence.

BERNARD KEANE: CODE OF CONDUCT Former government employees with defence-related skills will end up working in defence-related industries, and that’s been a concern to some in the Australian community about the questions it raises about what leads up to the job offers. The Department of Defence has been refining its approach to this perceived conflict of interest.

For defence companies in Australia, there’s less of a revolving door between the Defence Department and Australian Defence Force personnel than an organic connection that fuses them into one greater military-industrial entity. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: the deep links between private military contractors and uniformed and bureaucratic personnel are complicated.

The “revolving door” in defence has been front and centre in public debate since Christopher Pyne‘s decision to join major accounting firm Ernst & Young in an effort to help it catch up with its Big Four rivals in defence contracts. So far this year, KPMG has earned over $72 million in contracts with the Department of Defence. But those firms are dwarfed by the large US and European defence companies, which earn billions of dollars a year from taxpayers for providing military hardware and software, communications and IT systems, support and planning services. And that’s where traditional concerns about the “revolving door” between Defence and the ADF, and private industry, have focused — usually following high profile examples of former senior Defence or ADF staff moving to the private sector. The transition of the former head of what was then the Defence Materiel Organisation, Warren King, to the private sector, prompted questions to the then-Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson, in 2015 about Defence’s rules around a cooling off period. Richardson — without reflecting on King, who is now chairman of Navantia Australia, the Spanish shipbuilder’s local arm — admitted he wasn’t satisfied Defence’s existing framework for managing conflicts of interest was as robust as it should have been.

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