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    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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    The Absolute Imperative: Joint All-Domain Electronic Warfare

    Ed Zioss
    President Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies

    Edward J. “Ed” Zoiss is president of the Space & Airborne Systems segment for L3Harris Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for Space & Airborne Systems, which covers an extensive portfolio of solutions in intelligence, surveillance, small satellites, electronic warfare, avionics (including carriage and release systems), wireless solutions and C4I systems. Previously, Zoiss was president of Harris Corporation’s Electronic Systems segment, which included a portion of his current portfolio prior to the company’s merger with L3 Technologies, Inc. in June 2019.

    Prior to his role as president of Harris’ Electronic Systems segment, he was vice president and general manager of the defense business unit within Harris Government Communications Systems. This business served U.S. and international customers with critical, military interoperable communication products, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions for protecting national security and aiding public safety agencies. Prior to that role, he served as vice president of C4ISR Electronics, which provided specialized solutions to defense, intelligence and public safety agencies. Before assuming responsibility for the C4ISR business, Zoiss was vice president of Advanced Programs and Technology, where he led the division strategy, business development, marketing and all internal research and development.

    Joining Harris in 1995 as a principal mechanical engineer, Zoiss assumed positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure, including director of Research and Development and vice president of Business Development for National Programs. He is the recipient of 13 patents.

    He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is also a member of the Florida State University Engineering Advisory Council, and serves on the board of the Space Foundation, and Jariet Technologies.

    Zoiss received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, and his master’s in mechanical engineering from California State University at Northridge. In addition, he received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant.

    L3Harris Technologies is the Trusted Disruptor for the global aerospace and defense industry. With customers’ mission-critical needs always in mind, our more than 50,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. 

    The Williams Foundation thanks L3Harrris Technologies for sponsoring this lunch

    • 29 Aug 2024
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Our speaker will be announced soon.

    • 26 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, ACT

    Enhancing and Accelerating the Integrated Force:
    An Operational Perspective

      • 30 Oct 2024
      • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      • TBA

      Financial members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation.


      • Chair's Opening Remarks, apologies and proxies
      • Draft Minutes of the 2023 AGM
      • Business Arising
      • Chair's Report
      • Election of Board Members
      • Strategic Outlook 2024-26
      • 2023-2024 Treasurer's and Annual Reports
      • Appointment of Auditor
      • Next AGM
      Inquiries: catherine.scott@williamsfoundation.org.au

          • 21 Nov 2024
          • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

          Capability Readiness and Resilience at the Speed of Relevance

          Senator The Hon David Fawcett
          Senator for South Australia

          David served in the Australian Defence Force for over 22 years. An Army pilot, he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and was the Senior Flying Instructor at the School of Army Aviation in Queensland.

          Graduating as an experimental test pilot from the Empire Test Pilots’ School (UK), he finished his full time career in Defence as the Commanding Officer of the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit.

          Elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Wakefield (SA) in 2004, he served in the Parliament until 2007. David continued to fly as a test pilot and ran a small business working in the Defence and Aviation sectors prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, 2016 and again in 2019. In the 45th Parliament, David was sworn as the Assistant Minister for Defence. David is currently the Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade – both Legislation and References, and a member of the Senate Standing Committee of Privileges.

          David’s experience in aviation has helped to facilitate change in Australia’s aviation policy and approach to aviation safety regulation. With tertiary qualifications in science and business administration, he is known for his evidence-based approach to policy development and oversight with a focus on outcomes that are in the national interest.

          David is a strong advocate for initiatives that would lead to a more effective and efficient national defence force, including the development of a sustainable defence industry capability. His extensive and widely respected policy understanding has led to a number of appointments, including Assistant Minister for Defence and Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade during the 45th and 46th Parliaments.

          As Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services in the 44th Parliament, he led an inquiry into the educational and professional standards of the financial advice industry. This body of work has been a catalyst for significant legislative and industry-led reforms in the finance sector.

          Having lived in Asia, the UK and across Australia, David is proud to call South Australia home. He is a keen sailor and is married to Lorna and together they have two adult daughters.

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