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Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Key Achievements for 2004-05

During 2004-05, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation:

  • developed the technical risk assessment, including risk mitigation strategies, for the Air Warfare Destroyer project (SEA 4000) to facilitate its progression to the acquisition phase; and assisted in evaluating proposals for the ship builder and designer;
  • identified acquisition options for unmanned combat aerial vehicles as part of the New Aerospace Combat Capability (AIR 6000) project;
  • developed science and technology plans and operational concept documentation to support the acquisition of the Multi-mission Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Capability project (AIR 7000);
  • supported emulated mission computer development for Seahawk helicopters as part of the risk mitigation activity for the Seahawk Mid-life Upgrade project (AIR 9000);
  • further developed the soldier combat system test-bed to facilitate systems integration as part of the Soldier Combat System project (LAND 125);
  • conducted the anti-tank missile test-firing program to assess and improve target identification as part of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters project (AIR 87);
  • designed and conducted three exercises to develop tactical procedures as part of introducing into service the Airborne Early Warning and Control system;
  • conducted a successful demonstration of the surveillance picture dissemination capabilities for networked unmanned aerial vehicles, and developed and demonstrated an unmanned-underwater-vehicle deployable undersea global-positioning-system navigation-system, both as part of the automation of the battlespace initiative to avoid attritional conflict and to reduce the cost of ADF operations;
  • developed improved logistics models to reduce the cost of operations and ownership;
  • completed a trial at the White Sands Missile Range to support developing Defence's ballistic missile detection capabilities as part of ongoing missile defence collaboration with the United States;
  • conducted an experimentation program to assist decisions concerning future force structures for the Navy, Army, and Air Force;
  • conducted studies and provided recommendations on improving Defence's counter-intelligence capabilities;
  • maintained effective science and technology relationships via The Technical Cooperation Program and also other bilateral arrangements. Part of The Technical Cooperation Program's ongoing work is to harmonise research approaches to network centric warfare;
  • implemented three major initiatives flowing from the Trenberth Review into the Defence Science and Technology Organisation's External Engagement and Contribution to Australia's Wealth (2). The organisation established a Technology Transfer Advisory Group so that selected industry expertise could assist the organisation to evaluate and commercialise its Intellectual Property; established the Defence Science Access Network to enhance the bilateral information flow between the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and industry; and expanded the Capability Technology Demonstrator program;
  • contributed to national research priorities, in particular, the 'Safeguarding Australia' priority (3). The Defence Science and Technology Organisation demonstrated its commitment to the Government's promotion of collaboration on counter-terrorism research under that priority by joining the Publicly Funded Agencies' Collaborative Counter-Terrorism research program (launched in March 2005). This program brings together the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Geoscience Australia to work collaboratively on counter-terrorism research; and
  • established a civilian counter-terrorism research program in response to Government policy. As part of this research program, studies were conducted to improve the Australian capability to respond to chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological attacks.

  1. Further information is available at: http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/collaboration/page/3125/ [ back ]
  2. National research priorities are coordinated by the Department of Education, Science and Training. [ back ]
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