Government, academia and defence industry have joined forces to establish a new ‘Centre of Expertise’ for electronic warfare.
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Defence has partnered with Flinders University to co-fund a Defence Science Partnership (DSP), joining South Australia-based company DEWC T&E to establish a Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research (PEWTER) memorandum of understanding (MOU).
As part of the agreement, the Commonwealth government and Flinders University will jointly invest $5 million in funding over five years to set up a Centre of Expertise for Electronic Warfare, headed up by defence scientist Professor Sam Drake, who will serve as the inaugural Flinders University Academic Chair of Electromagnetic Systems and Security.
Professor Drake and his team have been tasked with collaborating with Defence scientists to develop electronic warfare-focused education and research programs, while also facilitating professional electronic warfare training and research to stimulate and sustain workforce development.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the new program would advance the development of electronic warfare capability.
“Having a skilled electronic warfare workforce comprising both practitioners and researchers across Defence, academia and industry is key to ensuring future defence capabilities are fit-for-purpose and future-proofed,” Minister Price said.
“Talent acquisition and retention are critical to delivering an effective and enduring electronic warfare workforce across Defence.
“The Morrison government, Flinders University and DEWC T&E recognise the urgent need for increased quantity and quality of personnel with the skills and background to meet our national strategic needs in electronic warfare.”
Minister Price added: “These advanced capabilities will provide the ADF with a strategic and tactical advantage to keep pace with the evolving operating environment.”