WA DEFENCE REVIEW Launches Bigger And More Successful 2019 Annual Publication

25 March 2020

In partnership with Spacecubed and Riff WA DEFENCE REVIEW launched a bigger, better and more informative Annual Publication in Perth on 15 August 2019 earning praise from Western Australian Defence leaders. 

The latest Annual Publication is almost double the size of its inaugural 2018 edition, is brimming with informative and thought-provoking content analysing Australia’s defence industry from a west coast perspective and is distributed nationwide. 

WA Defence Advocate RADM Raydon Gates (Rtd) AO CSM (Rtd) acknowledged the efforts of the WA DEFENCE REVIEW team, commenting on Managing Editor Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe’s tendency to “burn the midnight oil”.

WA Minister for Defence Issues, the Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA, said the contribution of the Annual Publication to WA’s work in the defence industry was unprecedented. 

Arguing it was a “huge” and “magnificent magazine”, and has been established in tandem with other WA Government initiatives, including the creation of the Office of Defence West, holding the annual WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference, appointing a Defence Advocate, releasing the Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan, and more recently, opening a WA Defence Science Centre.

Mr DeSilva-Ranasinghe said the 2019 Annual Publication contained up-to-date analysis, reviews, and exclusive interviews.

“This content would be relevant to anyone interested in, or associated with, national security, Defence, or defence industry,” he said.

“It also showcases companies in the WA defence sector and, this year, three new columns have been added: Indian Ocean Security, Northern Australian Security and Veterans’ Affairs.”

Giving further indication of WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s unique contribution, the 2019 Annual Publication is believed to be the first Australian publication to secure an exclusive interview with the Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command

“I think the Annual Publication can only get better and I am aiming to achieve the widest possible exposure. I want to ensure WA industry receives the coverage it deserves.”

To this end he indicated that he would again be taking the Annual Publication all over Australia, as well as seeking overseas partners, aiming to achieve the widest possible exposure. His goals, he said, are to bring consensus on Indian Ocean security, to pursue a serious policy analysis approach, and to ensure that WA industry receives the coverage it deserves.

If monetary investment is an indication of industry’s confidence, and it almost always is, the 2019 Annual Publication has considerable support from that quarter. This year, all available space in the Annual Publication was filled with advertisements and advertorials. Being professionally written and presented the material serves to inform readers that WA has a serious and capable defence industry sector which is forging a path to a more prosperous future. 

And an investment it surely is. Businesses receive, for the competitive rates charged, a targeted circulation estimated at over 10,000 people, all being professionals associated with the national defence and interrelated critical infrastructure and services sectors. These figures expand substantially through the online version, which uses the platforms of social media and direct vetted email for significant and wide-ranging local and national distribution.

Reinforcing WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s contribution to Australia’s defence sector, the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC,  affirmed: “As a proud West Australian, I appreciate the WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s insightful and informative analysis. 

She added: “From national security analysis to reliable industry insights, it brings together a variety of perspectives, interviews and commentary to deliver a publication engaging as it is informative”. 

“With a strong defence industrial base, it is only appropriate that Western Australia should have a platform to engage government, business, academia, and military on issues of shared interest. And this is what the WA DEFENCE REVIEW does so well”.

And with WA DEFENCE REVIEW’s 2020 Annual Publication on the horizon, industry can rest assured of the product’s high quality, continuing maturation and value proposition towards servicing the interests of Australia’s defence sector.



About Terry Booth

Terry BoothTerry Booth is a Special Correspondent with WA DEFENCE REVIEW. He served in the WA public service advising on industry development, contracting with Defence and defence suppliers to supply training, and managing the former Defence Industry Skills Unit. He completed the Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC), and until recently was a board member of the WA chapter of the Defence Reserves Support Council, and also a member of AIDN-WA's executive board for over 20 years where he was granted a life membership in recognition of his tireless service and commitment.