The 2018-19 investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub have been announced. The Government is investing $640 million in a decade to support the development of innovative technologies through the Defence Innovation Hub.
The Defence Innovation Hub has signed 59 innovation contracts with a combined value of more than $77.9 million. Around 85 per cent of the proposals align to the top three of the six investment priorities identified in the 2016 Defence Integrated Investment Program:
- intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, space and cyber
- key enablers
- land combat, amphibious warfare and special operations
- air and sea lift
- maritime and anti-submarine warfare
- strike and air combat
The top three priorities for investment in the 2018–19 financial year in priority order are:
Priority 1: Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare, Space and Cyber
These capabilities are critical to maintaining the Australian Defence Force’s decision-making superiority and ability to conduct operations safely and effectively.
This is a continuation from the previous financial year with a focus on ISREW enabling Joint Decision Support, Cyber and Joint Integration Effects and the addition of Social Media Exploitation, Automated Dynamic Use of Spectrum Monitoring and Switching, Proximity Electronic Support/Electronic Attack (including development of EW Open Architectures) and Artificial Intelligence.
Priority 2: Key Enablers
This is a continuation from the 2017-18 financial year with the removal of Autonomous Identification Technologies and the addition of Quantum Technologies, IT Automation, Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing, Cloud Adoption, Alternative Navigation and Positioning, and Rapid Manufacture.
Priority 3: Land Combat, Amphibious Warfare and Special Operations
This is a continuation from the 2017-18 financial year with a continued focus on potential Special Operations capabilities and the addition of Enhanced Human Performance, Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
Land forces require the mobility, firepower, protection and situational awareness capabilities to deploy quickly, achieve their objectives, and return home safely. Defence is seeking innovative proposals for leading-edge equipment to bolster ADF land forces in these capability areas, including amphibious warfare.
Further information about the investment priorities and innovation the Defence Innovation Hub is particularly seeking refer to www.business.gov.au/cdic/defenceinnovationpriorities