Australia will establish a new National Electronic Warfare Centre as part of a five-year, $5 million initiative to grow the Electronic Warfare (EW) defence workforce.
Jointly funded by the Australian Department of Defence and Flinders University, the centre will use training programs and research to develop and sustain EW related skills in defence. EW involves protection and management of the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, including radar, electro-optic and communications systems.
The partnership between the Defence and the university will result in the establishment of a Chair of EW at the University’s Tonsley campus.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the new centre will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with strategic and tactical advantages, to keep pace with the evolving operating environment.
“The Government is committed to providing the ADF with the best possible capability to defend Australia’s national interests,” Minister Reynolds said. “That is why we are investing an unprecedented $20 billion over the next decade in Electronic Warfare capabilities in the ADF. Key to ensuring these capabilities are fit-for-purpose is a strong workforce, comprised of practitioners and researchers across the ADF, Australian Public Service, academia and industry.”
At the same time, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Flinders University, the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), Joint Capabilities Group and leading industry group DEWC to drive impactful research and deliver education and training to build an EW workforce that is equipped to support the national interest.
DST Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro says that this initiative exemplifies Defence’s strategy of co-investing with universities and industries to grow research capacity and training pathways in identified areas of national priority.