Forum: National Security Science & Innovation 2017

  • Day 1, 3rd May – Half Day Forum (1330 – 1630)


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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.



    1330-1340           Welcome

    1340-1410           National Security Science and Technology Centre
    Dr Katerina Agostino, Ag/Program Leader – National Security, DST Group

    1410-1430           Defence Innovation Hub

    1430-1500           Next Generation Technologies Fund
    Dr Roger Neill, Program Leader – Grand Challenges, DST Group

    1500-1520           Break

    1520-1540           Grand Challenge to Counter Improvised Threats
    Dr Shane Canney – Program Leader – Counter Improvised Threats, DST Group

    1540-1610           Medical Countermeasures Initiatives
    Dr Felicia Pradera, Program Manager – Medical Countermeasures, DST Group

    1610-1630           Concluding discussions, including Q&A

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