Initiatives to Make the Best Use of Science and Technology and Australian Industry
The Government seeks to exploit technological opportunities to enhance ADF capability. To achieve this, Defence is heavily reliant on the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and a competitive industry base to support a technologically advanced ADF.
In 2002-03, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation continued to provide support and advice within Defence and contributed to the Government's national research priorities1 , with a focus on the Safeguarding Australia priority. The organisation also developed its national research priorities implementation plan in response to the Government's 2001 innovation statement, Backing Australia's Ability. Further research was conducted in areas such as defence against terrorism, support to current ADF platforms, 'Revolution in Military Affairs' technologies and information networks. Five proposals were approved under the capability and technology demonstrator program. The technology base of the science and technology research program continued to be broadened by improved links with industry, universities and government research agencies, and improved industry access to innovative technologies.
Defence continued to develop and implement long-term strategies for sustaining key industry capabilities that support the ADF. In September 2002, Defence released for comment the Australian Naval Shipbuilding and Repair Sector Strategic Plan. The Australian Defence Aerospace Sector Strategic Plan and an exposure draft of the Defence Electronic Systems Sector Plan were released in June 2003. These plans were developed in close consultation with industry.
In addition to the Defence Company ScoreCard program, Defence has initiated the '360 Degree View ScoreCard' which allows companies to assess the performance of the Defence Materiel Organisation as the contract manager.
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- National research priorities are coordinated by the Department of Education, Science and Training. Additional information is available at: http://www.dest.gov.au/priorities/priorities.htm