Mike Kalms

Mike Kalms

Partner in Charge, Operations Advisory, Defence

Articles by Mike Kalms

Government & Public Sector

Defence Industry’s Workforce Vicious Circle

Structural problems in the defence sector have made it hard for firms to recruit workers – this needs to change.

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Government & Public Sector

50 years since the Apollo 11 Landing, 1 year since KPMG launched into Space

On the 50th anniversary of that amazing achievement, when Apollo 11 landed and humans walked on another celestial body, we want to acknowledge that effort that sacrifice and offer our support to the next wave of space achievements

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Government & Public Sector

Why So Hollow? Australia’s Defence Industry Middle and what to do about it

Australia’s defence industry sector has an odd shape. Medium size companies are rare in Australian defence industry. We’ve a strong top and a large bottom – but why so hollow…

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Government & Public Sector

Where to for Australia’s new space agency? Lessons from the UK.

One of the striking observations at this year’s Farnborough Airshow was just how much of the show was now dedicated to space business.

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Government & Public Sector

Finding our Next Generation of Defence Entrepreneurs

The Defence Industry Capability Plan (DICP) was released last month, but the most important information – sizing Australia’s Defence industrial base – was buried deeper in the document.

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Government & Public Sector

Immigration, visa changes & overseas talent. Is Defence industry ready?

Defence companies often look overseas for talent. They have to. The ADF’s project cycles are too long – who can hold onto talent across the years between projects? But now the immigration and visa rules are changing.

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Government & Public Sector

The Avalon Airshow: watching an industry take flight – words turning into dollars 

Come March, comes Melbourne’s Avalon Airshow. It’s what the world’s aerospace and defence industry veterans call ‘the friendly show’. But this year isn’t like previous shows in several respects. This…

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Government & Public Sector

Collaboration is a muscle, it requires training and exercise. Is defence industry match fit?

Never before has Australian Defence Industry been so publicly front of mind for government. With $195B of new capital investment by government in Defence and with Christopher Pyne, the new…

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The small side of defence: finding the best way forward

What do successful small Australian Defence businesses look like? The recently released Defence Industry Policy Statement states there are 3,000 Defence business’ employing 25,000 Australians.  In large handfuls, you can…

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