Vital national security summit shaping up to face the future

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    Safeguarding Australia 2017 which will be held on the 3rd and 4th May, Canberra, will cover a variety of topics around the themes of innovation, leadership and diversity by connecting experts, exploring advances in research, analysis and methods being applied to solve challenges in security from government agencies to small businesses by announcing four internationally renowned security thinkers as part of our exciting line-up for it’s forthcoming 14th annual national security summit

    On the local front, discussions with various government departments, academic institutions, and corporate security operations are shaping up to ensure Safeguarding Australia summit maintains its high level of engagement. The conference will be held on the 3rd and 4th May in Canberra. Early bird registration closes on 6th February 2017.

    Among the overseas speakers set to attend are: Babak Akghar, Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University; David Lake, head of the Phoenix Police Department’s Business and Economic Stability Team (BEST). Read more.


    National Security Science & Innovation Forum 2017

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    Future Science and Technology Innovation – Opportunities for National Security 

    The 21st century poses new and unprecedented problems for National Security within Australia and the region. The pace of change and the corresponding relevance of science & technology demand that National Security agencies have access to the best science and technology for advancing Australia’s national security capabilities. Defence Science and Technology Group has a mandated role in coordinating whole of government science and technology for national security.

    The Defence White Paper 2016 announced a new approach to Defence innovation, including the Defence Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund which together form the new Defence innovation system. The Next Generation Technologies Fund, launched by The Hon Minister Pyne (March 16th, 2017), will support a diverse range of collaborative projects, delivered through several initiatives.

    This Forum will describe the current science and technology priorities for national security and will highlight and detail the opportunities available through the Defence Innovation Hub and Next Generation Technologies Fund for National Security, as well as describe two case studies.

    Case Study 1: Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge – The Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge seeks to harness science, technology and innovation capability across industry and academia to “Defeat Improvised Threats Without Casualties”. The Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge will demonstrate an integrated set of detection and neutralisation systems and develop a prototype that enables stand-off defeat of improvised threats in a complex joint battlespace. Stand-off defeat is required to reduce the risk to Australian Defence Force personnel and civilians.

    Case Study 2: Medical Countermeasures Initiatives – Delivering Medical Countermeasures product solutions and strategies benefiting civilian and military health for Australia and globally. The overarching aim of the Medical Countermeasures Program is to develop leading edge advanced development capabilities and to deploy those skills into activities that support Australian defence, health and national security. This case study will highlight a range of activities underway currently working toward this important goal.  Read more.

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