AmCham - The Cutting Edge: Future of Special Operations and Industry Innovations

Event Date: 
19 April 2017
Parmelia Hilton Perth
14 Mill Street

The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, in conjunction with WA DEFENCE REVIEW, are pleased to invite you to a unique event on the Australian Army’s elite Special Operations Command and the future of industry innovation. The event shall also host the launch of WA’s first-ever defence magazine, WA DEFENCE REVIEW.

As emerging security issues evolve in both pace and complexity, the requirement for partnered approaches to innovation has never been more relevant.

In a rare public appearance, Special Operations Commander, Australia, Major General Jeff Sengelman, will outline these challenges and discuss opportunities to enhance industry involvement in developing capabilities that contribute to countering impending security challenges. Using a ‘team of teams’ context, General Sengelman will highlight recent promising initiatives that are underway between Special Operations Command and the new Defence Innovation Hub, and reinforce the importance of optimising industry collaboration.

Our two expert presenters are:
• Major General Jeff Sengelman, Special Operations Commander, Australian Army.
• Kate Louis, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy Division, Department of Defence.

Major General Jeff Sengelman, DSC, AM, CSC, is Special Operations Commander, or SOCAUST, with the Australian Army. General Sengelman graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in 1980. He has extensive service in the Army and has undertaken a range of appointments both in Defence and on operations. He took up his current position as Special Operations Commander Australia in December 2014.

Kate Louis is the First Assistant Secretary at the Defence Industry Policy Division with the Department of Defence. Kate has sound experience with Defence capability development having worked as Director, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Secretary within Capability Development Group, Capability Investment and Resource Division. As First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy Division, Kate is responsible for the implementation of the Government’s approach to the Defence Industry policy.

For more information or to register, visit

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
08 9325 9540
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