Defence industry has been invited to take part in a one day summit hosted at UNSW Canberra and online, where attendees will discuss advancing Australia’s digital engineering capabilities and the move toward a digitally equipped workforce.
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The event is being held by Security and Defence PLuS, a partnership between Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW, and supported by DEWC Services and ADROITA.
Members of defence industry from large companies to SMEs, as well as universities, agencies and Defence will be in attendance for the event.
The Royal Australian Navy’s Head of Navy Capability Rear Admiral Stephen Hughes and Director General of the Future Navy Workforce Commodore Anthony Klenthis will also be in attendance during the event.
The summit will help raise awareness of the importance of digital engineering to accelerate innovation and overcome future challenges in the national security industry, UNSW Canberra Capability Systems Centre Director and Associate Professor Sondoss El Sawah said.
“The whole landscape we’re operating in is changing; Defence needs to build and deliver capabilities at scale and speed that we haven’t seen before.” A/PROF El Sawah said.
“We need to leverage the digital transformation to enable Defence capabilities at this scale. The idea of digital engineering is having an integrated set of computational models and tools that allow us to experiment with the design, test and evaluation of these capabilities in a digital manner before deploying them in the real world.
“Digital engineering is a key enabler to achieving outcomes identified in the Defence Strategic Review and the AUKUS Advanced Capabilities Pillar, as it will accelerate the design and development cycle, integrate decision-making and improve visibility across the capability life cycle.
“The Australian Digital Engineering Summit is an opportunity to co-design with the Defence community what our vision for Australia’s digital engineering capability will look like. We want to start the conversation around digital engineering and what it means for Australia.
“As part of this digital transformation journey, we also need to architect Australia’s digital engineering capability. A key element of this is workforce mapping and scoping out the digital engineering skills and competencies Defence and defence industry requires to operate, manage and acquire advanced capabilities.”