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What role does high-tech play in defence?

DSTO and Airbus will work closely together on a range of research and development projects related to defence technology."

In Australia, innovation has always played a key role in boosting the economy. The defence sector is no different, with technological creativity improving existing operations and enhancing military capabilities. 

This is emphasised by two recent military activities. The roll-out of cloud-based software at the Defence College and the implementation of wireless technology in air force capabilities. 

Australian Defence College pilots Google Apps

Defence Minister Marisa Payne has announced a pilot programme involving the Australian Defence College using Google Apps to roll-out cloud computing for unclassified documents. 

"This is a significant step forward in the Australian Defence College's commitment to innovative learning and it reflects the Australian Government's policy of adopting cloud platforms where appropriate," said Minister Payne.

The Department of Defence notes that the move to a cloud-based platform comes with many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced means to view to academic material
  • Cost-effective
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration
  • Accessible on any device

Due to the high-risk nature of defence, the programme will be implemented in close coordination with government organisations to ensure security remains uncompromised. Alongside this, the Department of Defence recently announced a greater use of wireless technology while on board military aircraft.

The Defence College is trialling cloud computing solutions.The Defence College is trialling cloud computing solutions.

Wireless technology increases in-flight connectivity

"This state-of-the-art technology allows passengers in the aircraft to receive live updates."

On November 12 this year, Canberra witnessed the update of an Air Force C-17A Globemaster, which included access to wireless internet to communicate with select devices. The use of this technology is part of the Australian Defence Force's Plan Jericho, a proposition to implement digital innovation into the Air Force and other military strategies. 

The Chief of Staff for Air Mobility Group Captain Stewart Dowrie notes the significance this solution can have on in-flight decision-making.

"This state-of-the-art technology allows passengers in the aircraft to receive live updates and video of their destination, right up to the point of their arrival," Group Captain Dowrie said.

"We can now fly an aero-medical evacuation team to the scene of a disaster, or an Army Combat Team into a warzone, and provide them with live updates and revised orders during their transit making them much more effective when they touch down."

As with any military capability, security remains at the forefront. With the government turning to high-tech solutions, it is essential that the hardware can provide similar reliability, particularly in the adverse environments that these activities are likely to take place. 

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