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Book Launch: AWD The Game Changer

Speakers Robert Macklin, Kim Gillis and Peter Jennings

ASPI warmly invites you to attend the launch of Robert Macklin's upcoming book AWD – The Game Changer

In this, the second of a series of ASPI case studies in defence projects, historian, novelist and biographer Robert Macklin’s story of the AWD program gives insights into how this difficult and at times troubled program operated, from conversations with many of the key individuals in business and government who were involved over its life. Australia’s third and final Air Warfare Destroyer was launched in May 2018, some ten years after the program began.  The Air Warfare Destroyers are highly complex, capable surface ships.  That complexity is mirrored in the efforts of over 5,000 people across 1,500 companies who have been part of the human endeavour to produce these ships. 

Macklin’s book is a fantastic human drama as well as a valuable source of lessons learned.  It’s a particularly timely and relevant story as Australia embarks on the even more difficult and demanding continuous shipbuilding and submarine programs announced by the Government.

Launch comments, provided by Mr Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, will be followed by comments from Mr Macklin and a moderated Q&A with the audience, with a drinks and canape reception concluding the event.


Robert Macklin

Robert Macklin is one of Australia’s most respected and popular authors of Australian history and biography.

Kim Gillis

On 31 August 2015, Kim Gillis was appointed Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings is the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) a position he has held since May 2012.