Retired RAAF Air Marshal John Harvey has been appointed as an advocate for the defence industry in New South Wales.
As the NSW Defence Advocate, he will assist local industry by ensuring that the full range of research, innovation and education capabilities in the state can been called on in support of the 2016 Defence White Paper, according to Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts.
“We want to ensure that our defence industries large and small, along with our research, innovation and education institutions, are fully engaged to deliver a truly national outcome,” the former Chief Capability Development Group said in a statement on June 15.
“We need to work together to ensure Australia has the skills needed to deliver the capabilities identified in the Integrated Investment Program.”
Harvey’s Defence career included overseeing Australia’s F-35 acquisition as program manager New Air Combat Capability within the Defence Materiel Organisation before serving as Chief Capability Development Group.