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Defence Innovation Hub calls for innovations to improve Army’s network assurance

The Defence Innovation Hub has sought innovative proposals in the Chief of Army’s focus area network assurance – to support Army’s transition to a networked and hardened force.

Defence is looking for innovations that can advance Army’s network resilience, boost network defences or deceive adversaries about the disposition and characteristics of land networks.

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Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, has identified four priority areas on which Army will focus – network, joint fires, protected manoeuvre and the enabled soldier. The Department of Defence via the Defence Innovation Hub is seeking innovative proposals that will address the Chief of Army’s focus area of network assurance, under the ‘network’ priority area.

Army Innovation Day will be held on 25 September 2019. It’s an opportunity for Australia’s defence industry to present unique, innovative ideas directly to capability managers and potential users.

Accelerated Warfare, a Futures Statement released on 8 August 2018 by the Chief of Army, focuses on conducting and sustaining land combat operations in an effective and efficient manner by leveraging new technologies to provide a balanced, agile and sustainable fighting capability.

Whilst the contested battle space is enduring, technological disruption is rapidly changing war’s character. These characteristics include the convergence of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning, robotics and unmanned and autonomous systems.

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Our challenge is to underpin technological change with a focus on conducting land combat operations in a more effective and efficient manner by leveraging new technologies to provide a balanced, agile and sustainable fighting capability.

Synchronise Land Force combat effects using user-friendly, robust, resilient and agile communications networks in complex, congested and contested, high cyber security threat environments to ensure timely combat effects occur at the right time and place.

Specifically for this Special Notice, Defence is seeking innovative proposals that increase network resilience and redundancy; defend the network through reducing an adversary’s ability to deny, disrupt or exploit our information; and/or deceive an adversary as to the nature, disposition and characteristics of land networks and associated force elements. Examples may include:

  • Resilience - Physical or non-physical;
  • Deception - Electromagnetic, physical and cyber; and
  • Defence - Electromagnetic, kinetic and cyber.

Submissions under this special notice close on Tuesday 9 July 2019. Following an initial assessment, 15 respondents will be invited to display and pitch their ideas at Army Innovation Day 2019 (AID19).

AID19 will be held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at the Adams Auditorium, at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra for a period of one day.

The purpose of AID19 is for selected respondents to display and pitch their proposed innovations to assessors, capability managers and Defence Innovation Hub personnel. Respondents may also be able to verify, validate and clarify their request for proposal response. 

AID19 attendees may include relevant ministers, Defence personnel, defence contractors, senior officers from the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and Home Affairs, representatives from media outlets and any other guests invited by Defence.

More information, including submission details, is available here

Defence Innovation Hub calls for innovations to improve Army’s network assurance
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