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Former Director Industry
BEING part of a dedicated team introducing “a whole
new way of acquiring and sustaining ADF capability”
was just one of the reasons Cate Caldwell enjoyed
working in JSF Division.
As Director Industry, Cate’s primary role was to
maximise Australian industry participation in the
global F-35 Program, which aligned well with her
background in industry programs and international
liaison. She has since moved on to a new role as
Director Parliamentary Business in Ministerial
Executive Coordination and Communication Division.
“ The industry team helps industry win work on the
F-35. It also advocates for Australian industry with the
US F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), prime contractors
Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, as well as the
original equipment manufacturers,” Cate says.
“ The outcomes include a strong, long-term
economic benefit to Australia, as well as development
and enhancement of Australian industry capability.”
Cate says the F-35A project is an interesting and
dynamic place to work.
“ What the team does contributes to delivering
the best possible capability to the ADF while also
developing industry capability,” she says.
“Everyone across the global F-35 enterprise is
really engaged and great to work with and I was
particularly lucky to have a fantastic team in the
“Defence is delivering a fifth-generation
capability through an innovative international
partnership arrangement for both the production
and sustainment of the F-35. It is leading-edge
technology and I was proud to have been be part of
In early 2018, Australian industry celebrated the
incredible milestone of achieving more than $1
billion in F-35 production contracts.
“ This was achieved through more than a decade of
participation,” Cate says.
“Australia has also won a significant share of
the regional sustainment opportunities competed
to date. Right now, we are at a critical stage of
continuing on the production journey, while also
ramping up Australian industry involvement in the
Global Sustainment Solution.
“During the past 12 months I’ve had carriage of
a number of Australian responses to the US F-35
JPO for further assignment of regional sustainment
opportunities, while also working to retain and
expand Australia’s production opportunities.”
Cate has worked in the APS for 20 years and the
majority of that time has been spent with Defence in
a variety of roles.
“Over the years, some of my more interesting roles
have included international engagement to facilitate
improved Australian access to US technology through
export control reform and a bilateral treaty; a two-
year posting to the Pentagon as an exchange officer;
developing Australian defence industry policy and
delivering some of those programs; as well as a stint
in the Defence minister’s office as a Departmental
Liaison Officer,” she says.
“My role with JSF Division was right up there as
one of the most interesting. I don’t plan on leaving
the APS or Defence any time soon – there are always
new things to do and it’s rewarding to know whatever
job I do is contributing to our national defence.”
Deputy Project Engineering Manager
HARBOURING a passion for aviation since
childhood, Tim Rafferty has followed the
development of the F-35 aircraft for many years.
“ To be part of a once-in-a -generation project like
the F-35 is really special,” Tim says. “I feel lucky to be
a part of the program.”
The main focus of his role is the certification of
Australian F-35A aircraft under the new Defence
Aviation Safety Regulations.
His team in the Mission Systems Directorate
also plays a key role in accepting and providing
engineering support to the Australian aircraft
operating at the international Pilot Training
Centre in the US. Tim maintains the engineering
management system that supports this.
Joint Strike Fighter Division team
members, from left, Nathan
Booth, former Director Industry
Cate Caldwell and Tim Rafferty.
Photo: André Agnew
“IT IS LEADING-EDGE
TECHNOLOGY AND I AM
PROUD TO HAVE BEEN
PART OF THE TEAM.”
“BEING IN A POSITION
TO LEARN ABOUT
ALL THE DIFFERENT
SYSTEMS AND HOW
THEY WORK TOGETHER
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