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Dr Alex ZelinskyWelcome to the 2018 International Conference on Science and Innovation for Land Power (ICSILP 18). Our new name emphasises how critical innovation is to delivering capability advantage for Australia’s Land Forces.

The recently established Defence Innovation Program, covering the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, the Innovation Hub and the Next Generation Technologies Fund, has provided a new impetus to pursue game-changing capabilities in collaboration with industry and academia.

Our conference focus is innovation through technology convergence and the harnessing of emerging technologies such as trusted autonomous systems and cyber effects.

This international conference connects innovation, technology and science experts committed to transforming military land forces. This presents a great opportunity for us to gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges the Australian Defence Force must address in developing innovative solutions that can provide game-changing defence capabilities in the land domain.

This year’s conference brings Army and Defence Science and Technology closer than ever before in exploring future capability options for warfighting success in a fast-changing environment.

Many of the delegates attending ICSILP18 will play key roles in harnessing novel technologies for the development of the required solutions. This presents an excellent networking and knowledge exchange opportunity.

On behalf of Defence Science and Technology I extend a BIG thank you to our valuable partners in Army, industry, universities, research agencies and overseas defence organisations. We very much appreciate their support and contributions to making this event a truly international conference where exciting ideas and stimulating discussions can come together.

Finally, I encourage you to visit the excellent trade exhibition that showcases Australia’s industry capabilities for the Australian Defence Force.

I trust your experience at ICSILP18 will be rewarding and memorable.

Dr Alex Zelinsky
Chief Defence Scientist