April 7, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today met with US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Washington DC.
During the meeting with Secretary Mattis, both the Minister and the Secretary reflected on the strong defense industry ties between the two countries and the desire on both sides to further deepen cooperation in this key area.
Minister Pyne said the meeting with Secretary Mattis was an important opportunity to highlight the strength of Australian defense industry to our key ally and to demonstrate our capability as a potential partner in future projects.
“Australia is a great friend and ally of the United States and has strong and deep involvement on a defense industry level,” Mr Pyne said.
“The Australian Government is embarking on its largest ever renewal and investment into defense capability; investing approximately $195 billion to grow our local defense capability across the decade, boosting our economy,” he said.
“Similarly under President Trump the US has flagged a significant increase in defense spending over the coming years.
“This will create enormous opportunities for Australia’s burgeoning defense industry, capitalizing on our involvement in existing programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter and any potential new programs instigated by the new administration,” he said.