Welcome to the live recordings of the Chief of Air Force Symposium 2023:
Ready to Launch: Boosting Capability Delivery
Exploring capability and resilience in air and space power. This theme recognises that while significant advances have occurred in acquiring and sustaining military capabilities, the rate of change in our strategic environment and within industry demands us to rapidly assess and deliver emerging capabilities to gain a meaningful advantage. Boosting capability development and deliveries essential to maintaining and sustaining a competitive edge across the full spectrum of competition - from cooperation to conflict.
In this video, you will find the following speakers:
- Master of Ceremonies, Introduction & Welcome to Country: Air Commodore Michael (Mick) Durant
(Video timings: 00:00 - 04:55)
- Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Opening Address: Air Marshal Robert Chipman
(Video timings: 04:55 - 21:34)
- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, Minister's Address: The Hon. Richard Marles, MP
(Video timings: 21:45 - 27:49)
- Keynote Speaker: Air Vice Marshal Edward Stringer (Royal Air Force Retired)
(Video timings: 29:57 - 1:03:01)
Air Commodore Michael Durant
Air Commodore Michael (Mick) Durant joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1989 and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, the School of Air Navigation, the Australian Command and Staff College and the Defence Strategic Studies Course; whilst also holding a Master of Management Studies, a Master of Military and Defence Studies and a Master of International Relations.
Air Commodore Durant is currently the Director General Strategy and Planning in the Royal Australian Air Force Headquarters; and was the Master of Ceremonies for the Chief of Air Force Symposium 2023.
Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Robert Chipman
Air Marshal Robert Chipman joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1989 as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Defence and Strategic Studies Course, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme. As well as being an alumni of the Cranlana Institute and has complete the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course.
On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal in 2019, he served as Australia's Military Representative to NATO and the European Union. Air Marshal Chipman was the Head of Military Strategic Commitments until his selection as Chief of Air Force and promotion to Air Marshal in July of 2022.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, The Hon. Richard Marles
Elected to the House of Representatives for Corio, Victoria, 2007. Re-elected 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022. Ministerially appointed as Deputy Prime Minister in May of 2022 and Minister for Defence in June of 2022.
Air Marshal Edward Stringer, Royal Air Force (Retired)
Recently retired Royal Air Force officer, Air Marshal Edward Stringer spent his early years in the military as a fast-jet pilot flying Jaguars in the ground attack and low-level reconnaissance roles.
However, during his later career in higher command positions, he specialised in defence policy, the command and management of military operations, and, based in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), cross-government coordination on a range of portfolios, including crisis management. Amongst them were the Director General of Joint Force Development and the Defence Academy, the Director of Military Operations, and the Deputy Chief of the RAF in MOD.
His military education includes Advanced Staff College in Canada in 1999, the Higher Command and Staff Course in the UK in 2006 and the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2009. He completed a Master of International Relations at Kings College London in 2010 and undertook a Slessor Fellowship at Oxford University, researching political/military relations and strategy creation.
Awards include the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2000, the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003, the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009 and the Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2017. Edward is married to Louise, a GP in Yorkshire and is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.