This session will outline opportunities to innovate with Defence and learn from the experiences of industry and academia.
Our changing strategic environment and the rapid pace of technological change are challenging Defence’s capability advantage. Defence’s commitment to supporting innovation, in partnership with Australian industry and academia, is at the heart of Defence's response to these challenges. The Government has increased investment in Defence innovation to $3 billion over the next decade as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan.
Dr Stuart Cannon will outline the NGTF’s structured approach toward delivering comprehensive, cohesive and agile leap-ahead technologies for Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities. The aim of this approach is to bridge the gap between technology development and acquisition so that innovative collaborative solutions by small-to-medium enterprises, academia, publicly-funded research organisations and Defence primes are delivered to the Australian Defence Force.
Complementing Next Generation Technologies Fund, the Defence Innovation Hub focusses on more mature proposals. Mr Andrew Hodgkinson, Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation, will speak to how the Defence Innovation Hub invests in mainly small and medium-sized Australian businesses to identify and support innovative ideas that can be developed into cutting-edge Defence capabilities, with a view to strengthening our sovereign defence industrial base over time.
Donna Boulton, Executive Director Defence Mobilisation will also detail how the Force Exploration Hub engages with a diverse range of thinkers, including business, to build knowledge that supports the ADF to effectively operate in an environment of accelerated change and uncertainty.