The vision of the ADCG Nuclear Consultancy Group (NCG) is to accelerate and optimise the potential of Australia’s nuclear powered submarine program and reduce risk to this Whole of Society sovereign national enterprise.
The mission of the NCG is to source highly skilled overseas and Australian nuclear and submarine subject matter expertise to provide the Australian Government, Defence and Industry with the human capital and talent to design, develop, employ and maintain an Australian nuclear powered submarine force and the associated ecosystem.
Filling critical capability gaps in nuclear and submarine expertise will serve as a catalyst for AUKUS and lay the foundation for the highly skilled Australian workforce needed to meet the challenges of the contemporary and future security environment. The Nuclear Consultancy Group will accelerate the development of an Australian nuclear powered submarine program, reduce risk and assist Australia in meeting the Sovereign Ready milestone and staying on the Optimal Pathway to Nuclear Stewardship.
The Nuclear Consultancy Group.
The NCG is comprised of highly skilled consultants from each of the AUKUS partners providing access to talent, advice, and problem solving from the foremost experts in the nuclear powered submarine ecosystem ranging from the senior executive level to highly relevant current operators.
The US Pillar
Our US Pillar draws together a network of over 3,000 current, former, and retired US Navy nuclear power qualified individuals. ADCG is uniquely positioned to match this highly skilled workforce to the requirements of the AUKUS partners. Our primary teaming partner is a US based, veteran owned company that is the premier US Navy nuclear power qualified personnel networking, talent management, and career coaching enterprise. Through direct and personalised engagement with each individual candidate, frequent tailored networking events, and the annual Navy Nuclear Power Officer Career Conference, the depth and range of access to talent is unmatched. ADCG will team with our US partners to deliver the right talent at the right time to the right stakeholders. The US Pillar also includes a US private equity firm with access to significant capital that is seeking to become the pre-eminent investor in the nuclear ecosystem and exploring investment opportunities in Australia through ADCG.
The UK Pillar
The UK pillar is driven from the expertise of a Royal Navy submarine veteran with over 30 years of experience gained on the front line. Our UK network includes staff from within the RN submarine school, SSN experience and skills in submarine capability, operations, and design. With supporting networks providing access to an unmatched skill set, spanning the complex fields of submarine nuclear engineering and underwater operations, the UK pillar also provides highly relevant recent experience. Partnering with the ADCG team allows stakeholders to gain a unique insight into the working relationships and practices within UK industry and greater understanding of the long-established nuclear partnership between the UK and US.
Senior Executive Level Strategic Advisors
The NCG includes a number of retired Navy Flag officers from the AUKUS partners who are available to serve in executive consultancy roles as Strategic Advisors to Government, Defence, and Industry. These Strategic Advisors include one of the world’s preeminent experts in nuclear powered submarine operations and the associated ecosystem, VADM Robert Thomas (USN, ret), who has served on five nuclear powered submarines, twice in command, commanded a submarine squadron and task force, and was Commander, US Seventh Fleet.
The Australian Submarine Agency was established on 1 July 2023 to safely and securely acquire, construct, deliver, technically govern, sustain and dispose of Australia’s conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarine capability for Australia, via the AUKUS partnership.