AUKUS: Opportunities Beyond Submarines

AUKUS: Opportunities Beyond Submarines
AUKUS Business Luncheon
Business Luncheon

AUKUS: Business Opportunities Beyond Submarines 

About the Event

AUKUS is a new trilateral partnership among Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It aims to strengthen diplomatic, security and defence cooperation, focusing on deepening integration in defence-related science, technology, industrial bases and supply chains, with particular emphasis on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and new undersea capabilities.

At this business luncheon, the following panel of experts will discuss the business opportunities created by the signing of the AUKUS agreement - submarines and beyond. AUKUS will give Australia a strategic and technological boost for decades.

The panel will discuss:

  • Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise
  • Cyber technologies and critical defence capabilities
  • Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs)

The new AUKUS deal will bring huge opportunities for many SA companies – even those outside the defence industry. If your business involves goods, services, advisors, IP, IT, AI, transport, logistics and support, learn how you can take advantage of what the defence sector requires going forward. South Australia is front and centre with the naval shipbuilding contracts, submarines, land missiles and its focus on cyber security. Major defence companies across the maritime, aerospace, land, systems, and cyber domains have their headquarters or significant operations in the state.

The Hon Jeff Bleich
Former US Ambassador to Australia + Chief Legal Officer, Cruise
Melissa de Zwart
Professor (Digital Technology, Security and Governance) College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University

Air Marshal (Ret’d) Warren McDonald AO
Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand
Christine Zeitz
General Manager Asia Pacific, Northrop Grumman

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Event Details

Date Tuesday 15 February 2022
Time 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM ACDT
Location Adelaide Convention Centre


  Member   Non-Member
Individual (1) $169 $219
Table (10)
$1 690
$2 190

Speaker Biographies

The Hon Jeff Bleich, Former US Ambassador to Australia + Chief Legal Officer, Cruise

Jeff serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Cruise LLC. His legal career has included serving as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White House, Special Master for the U.S. District Courts, court-appointed federal mediator, trial and appellate counsel, adjunct professor of law, and a managing partner of two international law firms. He has also served as the chair of multiple corporate boards, including the boards of PG&E Co. and Nuix USG, Inc. Besides these legal and business roles, he served as the 24th U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013.

After receiving his B.A. in political science, magna cum laude from Amherst College, Jeff earned an M.P.P. from Harvard with highest honors in 1986, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law with highest honors in 1989. At Berkeley, he served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. He clerked for Judge Abner J. Mikva on the D.C. Circuit, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Howard Holtzmann at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.

Jeff was a partner for 17 years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, in San Francisco, where he specialized in high stakes technology litigation as well as significant pro bono civil rights matters. He was routinely recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by Best Lawyers, Law Dragon, and other publications. He holds, or has held, several other leadership positions, including as chair of the Fulbright Board, chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, president of the California State Bar, president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, chair of the ABA’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco. In 1998, he was appointed by then-President Clinton to serve as director of the White House Commission on Youth Violence following the tragic Columbine shootings.

In recognition of his service, Bleich has received some of the nation’s top honors, including the highest awards for a non-career ambassador by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. In 2009, the City of San Francisco named a day in his honor. Bleich holds honorary degrees from San Francisco State University, Griffith University, and Flinders University in Adelaide, which in 2019 established the Jeff Bleich Centre for U.S. Alliance Studies in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance in his name.


Melissa de Zwart, Professor (Digital Technology, Security and Governance) College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University

Professor Melissa de Zwart is Professor (Digital Technology, Security & Governance) Jeff Bleich Centre, Flinders University. She is a thought leader in the effective regulation of technology, particularly space and cyber, and the role that law plays in shaping the use and deployment of such technologies. Melissa is a Fellow and Board Member of the Australian Academy of Law, Deputy Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and Board Member of the Space Law Council of Australia and New Zealand. Formerly Dean of the Adelaide Law School, she has significant experience in academic administration and legal education, as well as the professional practice of law, having practised at Allens Linklaters and CSIRO before completing her PhD at Monash University. She has published widely on issues of internet regulation, surveillance, privacy and the commercial and military uses of outer space. She also serves as a Legal Officer (Reserve) in the Royal Australian Navy.

Air Marshal (Ret’d) Warren McDonald AO, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand

Warren McDonald was appointed as the Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand from the 18th of November 2021.

Prior to this appointment McDonald served 41 years in the Australian Defence Force, with his last appointment being the Chief of Joint Capabilities. In 2017, as the inaugural Chief of this Group, McDonald was made responsible for its formation and development. Joint Capabilities Group now supports Army, Navy and Air Force by providing a wide range of enabling capabilities, such as logistics, education, health and military police. The Group is also responsible for progressing key projects to support cyber, data link, and satellite capabilities.

In 1979 McDonald began his career in the Royal Australian Air Force as an enlisted technical apprentice. In 1989, he was commissioned and later graduated as a pilot, logging over 5000 hours in the P-3 Orion. His rotational assignments included Squadron, Wing and Group appointments, numerous deployed commands and as the Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force.

McDonald is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course.

Christine Zeitz, General Manager Asia Pacific, Northrop Grumman

Christine Zeitz is a leader in Australia’s defence industry, with over 30 years’ experience delivering world-class solutions and services across the Asia Pacific region to Defence, security, ICT and intelligence customers.

Christine was appointed General Manager, Asia Pacific region, at Northrop Grumman in July 2020 with responsibility for all aspects of growth, program awards and financial performance in Australia, and oversight for Japan and Korea market development.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman Australia, Christine served as Chief Executive Officer of Leidos Australia for five years, where she delivered a 100 per cent growth in revenue through an ambitious restructure of the Australian business. This followed roles at Lockheed Martin, where she served as Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and Asia Pacific, and 25 years at BAE Systems Australia in various roles, culminating in her leading the maturation of globally strategic partnerships as President North East Asia.

Christine is an active board member of SBS Australia (Deputy Chair), Port Adelaide Football Club, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and President of the South Australian/Northern Territory State Advisory Council (SA/NT SAC). Christine is a champion of workplace diversity and a passionate advocate for women in national security.

With a diverse background in program management, operations, strategy, business development, contracts and finance, Christine has a proven track record of building high-performing teams and programs, and achieving business growth in the Asia Pacific region.

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COVID PRECAUTIONS: The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is our utmost priority. AmCham will work with the venue to ensure hygiene procedures and government guidelines are followed with social distancing measures in place, visible sanitiser stations and Covid-19 marshals. We respectfully ask you do not attend on the day if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms.

UPDATE to Terms & Conditions
If Government Health Orders change and in-person events are suspended, the AmCham program will go virtual and links will be sent to all attendees. A 50% refund will be paid to ticket holders. (Please see Terms and Conditions for specific details).
15/02/2022 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace ADELAIDE, SA 5000 AUSTRALIA


Tuesday, 15 February 2022

11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
15/02/2022 11:45 AM

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