Australia Needs Strong Defence Industry Innovation

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The Defence Strategic Review (DSR) released a report showing the urgent need for faster innovation in the Defence system.

The report says that Defence is challenged by the volume of projects required to undertake and the resources available to do them and shows the urgent need to improve the Defence system.

Australia’s facing increasing pressure in its region, which requires timely and relevant capabilities and must bring together its commercial and military interests to strengthen its position.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) needs innovation, faster acquisition, and better links between Defence and industry to provide these capabilities, according to the Defence Strategic Review (DSR).

They stated, “Defence’s current approach to capability acquisition is not fit for purpose.”

The Defence Strategic Review (DSR) also added that the system needs to abandon its pursuit of the perfect solution and prioritise delivering relevant capability.

Measuring how much the military, research, and industry are being disrupted is essential to focus the Department of Defence on results rather than process.

Defence technology commercialisation pathways in universities and local industry are already supported by the National Reconstruction Fund of the current Labor government and the Modern Manufacturing Initiative of the former administration.

The Albanese Government has also announced plans to allocate $3.4 billion over the next decade to transform Defence’s innovation ecosystem by establishing the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA).

The Defence program for innovation, science, and technology will heavily rely on ASCA.

It will ensure innovative ideas by focusing on defined missions, solving technical issues, and using a more flexible and agile procurement approach.

“Our strategic circumstances require us to adapt our approach to innovation. The Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator will lead the way in agile delivery of capability solutions to the Australian Defence Force,” says Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy.

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF), the Chief Defence Scientist, and the Deputy Secretary of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) will lead ASCA. This will allow the reshaping of defence innovation to be up and running quickly by 1 July 2023.

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