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Defence Industry Minister confirms $10m investment in Defence AI

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced a $10 million investment in artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to give Australia an edge across all of Defence’s domains as part of the Defence Innovation 2020 conference.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced a $10 million investment in artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to give Australia an edge across all of Defence’s domains as part of the Defence Innovation 2020 conference.

The Defence Innovation Hub, in collaboration with the Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre (DAIC) within Joint Capabilities Group, is now seeking innovation proposals from industry for a new Special Notice for Artificial Intelligence Applications in Defence.

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Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced the new initiative on Tuesday, which will support Australian industry to develop new AI applications across Defence’s Information and Cyber, Maritime, Air, Space, and Land domains.

Minister Price said the initiative was part of a $32 million boost to Australian industry over the next two years through the Defence Innovation Hub, as part of the government’s Defence COVID-19 economic recovery package.

"AI is a critical enabling technology which can deliver a decisive Defence advantage. This initiative provides new opportunities for Australia’s AI sector to partner with Defence," Minister Price explained. 

The Defence Innovation Hub will partner with the Defence AI Centre to set two challenges to industry:

  • Using intelligence mission data to improve situational awareness in the battlefield; and
  • Using intelligent virtual reality to enhance simulation, modelling and training.

Minister Price added, "Genuine partnerships between Defence and Australian industry allows us to develop globally competitive AI capabilities and builds a national defence industry base. Through this initiative, we are building a strong Australian defence industry with an ability to design and integrate AI technology into Defence’s force structure."

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The Defence Innovation 2020 conference provides Australia’s defence industry and innovation sector with the opportunity to learn how they can leverage Defence’s innovation programs, as well as explore emerging technology trends and opportunities within Defence’s new capability domains.

Defence Innovation 2020 will comprise six 90-minute webinars over five days, with Minister Price providing the opening address on 23 November. Feature presenters include senior Defence and military representatives from each of the operational domains: Maritime, Land, Air, Information and Cyber, and Space, as well as from Defence Science and Technology Group, and state and territory industry advocates.

Each webinar will conclude with a Q&A session where participants can engage with Defence experts to ask questions and explore how industry can support Defence to deliver innovative solutions that provides Defence with cutting-edge capabilities.

Proposals to these challenges can be submitted until 11 February 2021. For more information, please visit: www.innovationhub.defence.gov.au

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