The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group has unveiled a new plan for collaborative mission-directed research to ensure Australia’s forces maintain a capability edge.

Titled ‘More, together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030’, DST Group reiterates the necessity for Australia’s national science and technology enterprise to focus on big opportunities.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds noted it is more important than ever to harness science and technology for a secure Australia.

“Australia’s defence and national security is facing a period of technological change and increasing threats,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Key to this is a well-connected, informed and vibrant defence science and technology enterprise.”

She added that this is the reason the government is committed to “growing Australia’s ability to operate, sustain and upgrade our defence capabilities with the maximum degree of national sovereignty through the 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan.”

In its news release, DST Group says it will play a vital role in enabling and coordinating the support to Defence from a national science and technology enterprise.

Minister Reynolds reiterated that publicly funded research agencies, universities, industry, small to medium enterprises and entrepreneurship are critical elements to this.

“A key challenge for Defence in the coming decade will be investing in the right collaborations to deliver outcomes for Australia,” Minister Reynolds said, concluding, “that is why Defence must adopt a more targeted, top-down approach to engagement within the S&T ecosystem, both nationally and internationally.”

More information on the Defence S&T Strategy 2030 is available at www.dst.defence.gov.au/strategy.

 

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