Developed by Defence Science and Technology (DST) in conjunction with senior leadership across Defence, industry, academia and international partners, the new science and technology (S&T) strategy for Defence will help to meet the challenges of the evolving security environment over the next decade.

The 2016 Defence White Paper outlined the Government’s commitment to ensuring Australia maintains a regionally superior Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the highest levels of military capability, leveraging scientific and technological sophistication. DST plays a critical role in Australia’s defence and national security by ensuring that our forces maintain a capability edge.

More together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030

More, together marks an important step guiding us into the future to deliver strategic advantage across the full spectrum of Defence capabilities. Focusing the national S&T enterprise on mission-directed research will ensure Defence is best positioned to realise capability advantage in a rapidly evolving environment.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said realising outcomes and generating impact from government investment in science and technology is critical.

'This strategy provides guidance to ensure the national S&T enterprise is strengthened and explicitly leveraged to achieve scale to address the strategic and geopolitical challenges we face. It includes initiatives to focus resources on Defence’s highest S&T priorities, and supports more streamlined transitioning of good technological ideas into capability,' said Minister Reynolds.

A centrepiece of the strategy is a set of ambitious science, technology and strategic research programs, known as STaR Shots. Borrowed 'unapologetically' from the popular ‘moon shot’ concept, Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro explained that STaR Shots are designed to be challenging, inspirational and aspirational scientific endeavours that the whole nation can get behind.

'Our key challenge in the coming decade will be investing in the right collaborations to deliver outcomes for Australia',she said. 'We will meet this challenge by adopting a more targeted approach to engagement and collaboration within the science and technology ecosystem, both nationally and internationally.'

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DST delivers valuable scientific advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. As one of Australia’s pre-eminent research institutions, its inventions and research outcomes have enhanced Defence capability, supporting operations for over 100 years.

DST provides expert impartial advice and support on the conduct of operations, for the current force and acquisition of future Defence capabilities. Under the More, together: Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030 DST will continue to lead the development and application of science and technology to support acquisition, sustainment and support for Defence operations.

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For more information and to download the strategy, visit the DST website.

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