Posted November 14, 2019 08:07:46 A joint US-Australia-Canada-New Zealand-EU (Joint Defence and Security Cooperation) civil engineering workforce is to be increased by 30,000 people and a joint US and Australian civil engineering training program will be expanded by 25,000.
Key points:The two countries are set to sign a defence cooperation agreement for the second time in as many yearsA joint defence and security cooperation program for civil engineering will be added to the defence portfolioThe two nations are set for the signing of a defence and military cooperation agreement (DandA) agreement this weekA joint venture for the civil engineering sector, which includes a civil engineering and engineering training academy, will also be set up.
“We have worked together on many projects including the JCSR program for joint defence training and training for our civil engineers,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said.
“There’s been a lot of progress in the last few years.
This agreement will expand our capabilities to provide civil engineers with the training they need to take the jobs we need in the defence industry.”
It’s a win-win for both of our economies.
“Civil engineers have been trained at the Defence Academy in Canberra for more than a decade, but have rarely had the chance to work in Australia because of the current US-USSR agreement.
The US-led DandA is aimed at building an integrated defence and defence infrastructure.
It includes the US-based Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, a $400 million project that will be the largest defence project in Australian history.
The Australian Government has committed $1.8 billion for the DandAs $9 billion Defence Industrial Base Program.
The agreement between the two countries will allow them to share technology and develop joint defence facilities.”
Our civil engineers have worked with the US in the past to improve the capabilities of our defence industry,” Mr Pyne told reporters at a news conference in Canberra.”
The new agreement will create a joint training program for our civilian civil engineers, and it will expand the number of people who will be trained in Australia.
“The JCSRs program will also increase the number and scope of jobs in the civil-engineering industry, with the joint training programme set to help prepare them to enter the civilian workforce.”
This is going to be a huge investment in our civil engineering industry,” he said.
The two governments signed a joint defence cooperation deal in February 2018 with the aim of reducing defence costs by up to 50 per cent and increasing the quality of civil engineering.”
A lot of work was done over the last three years to improve our defence capability and our defence workforce,” Mr Jodl said.
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