A former commander of two Collins Class submarines, Andy Keough, has made an influential transition from uniform into corporate life. After 22 years in the Royal Australian Navy, Keough took up a business development role in submarines for global arms giant Thales, next moving on to Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC). In 2015 Keough joined the SA Government’s powerful DefenceSA as Chief Executive before being headhunted in 2017 as MD for Saab Technologies. Internationally, Saab ranks 30th in SIPRI’s Top 100 Arms-Producing and Military Services Companies. Keough’s influence extends onto important boards, including the South Australian education board, the SA Training and Skills Commission, and a defence-related board with Adelaide University, among others.
Kate Lundy was an ACT Senator (ALP) for 19 years. In 2012-13, during the Gillard government, she was Sports Minister and held assistant ministerial posts in innovation and technology. Immediately upon leaving politics Lundy took up directorships with a sport technologies network and the NRMA, and was soon appointed to the federal government’s Cyber Security Research Centre board. In addition, from 2016-2018 Lundy was employed by the ACT Government as Defence Industry Advocate. While in this role she became a director of Electro Optic Systems, a Canberra-based weapons systems manufacturer, which exports its products to Saudi Arabia and the UAE (both countries are accused of war crimes in Yemen).
Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy retired from the Australian army in July 2008 having concluded his 37 year military career with six years as Chief of Army. Within a year he was on the boards of Codan and Electro Optic Systems (EOS). More recently, EOS has been exporting its weapon systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates while the Yemen war has raged despite multiple reports of war crimes by these countries and a situation in Yemen which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.
After 37 years in military industry, Jim McDowell moved from BAE Systems Saudi Arabia onto the board of the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation. He was also given $1.5 million in Defence contracts, joined the boards of various military industry companies, and was made Chancellor of UniSA, which has extensive research links with military industry. He is now Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA, “The Defence State”.
Stephen Loosley was a NSW ALP Senator from 1990 to 1995. From November 2012 to September 2016 he was Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board, a role required to be...
Geoff Brown retired as Chief of Air Force in July 2015 after 35 years in the RAAF. He was a strong proponent of the purchase of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet. A year after leaving the RAAF, Brown had joined the boards of multiple weapons-producing corporations, including Lockheed Martin and EOS.
In politics, Christopher “the fixer” Pyne secured major submarine and shipbuilding contracts for his home state of South Australia. While still defence minister Pyne met with EY Defence to discuss his post-political career, subsequently joining EY as a consultant nine days after leaving politics. His lobbying firm advises several defence-related companies, and he’s also Chair of the investment committee of an investment fund focusing on defence and cyber security stocks.
Arguably the most dominant public figure straddling government and military industry in Australia. Closely connected to political, US alliance and military industry interests. Has expanded WA Governor role to include advocacy for WA defence industry. Before and after his time as Australia’s US Ambassador he engaged in industry corporate work.
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