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Science fiction/futures: how science fiction can influence and inspire military thought and technological development

2020 (tbc)

“Reading science fiction nurtures hope that there is a better future. While conflict, catastrophe, and climate change feature in many of these novels and movies, much science fiction is highly optimistic in nature… However, reading science fiction also allows us to consider a variety of negative potential futures… It is beneficial for military officers to read such descriptions of alternate futures; it is the first step in ensuring that they do not come to pass.” (‘Science Fiction and the Strategist 2.0’, Strategy Bridge, August 27, 2018) Defence personnel and researchers from a wide range of disciplines including strategists, scientists, engineers, [...]

2020-07-03T11:55:08+09:30June 25th, 2020|

‘Off the Grid’: Design and operation of sustainable self-contained bases for military and civil applications

2020 (tbc)

“Keeping soldiers deployed closer to their operating area in FOBs [Forward Operating Bases] while reducing frequency and exposure of vehicles to the dangers of asymmetric warfare is not only a life-saver, but also a cash saver… However, simply erecting some buildings and moving personnel inside is insufficient. An FOB has significant logistical and operational requirements which must be fulfilled in order to establish and maintain operational fidelity and personnel security.” (‘Safe and well stocked: new technology for today’s forward operating bases’, Army Technology, 7 October 2015) Nanogrids, waste management, water and food production, and complex human factors considerations are relevant [...]

2020-07-03T11:55:24+09:30June 25th, 2020|

National Security and the Impacts of Climate Change

2020 (tbc)

“…Australia will struggle to maintain its national security in the face of climate change unless government departments and agencies are well coordinated and can work collaboratively with neighbouring countries in the Indo-Pacific region. Effective coordination and collaboration will be needed to respond to the kind of threats climate change poses to Australia’s sovereign borders and territories, and to our existing national security provisions.” (‘Defence-funded study outlines climate risk to national security’, ADM, 23 April 2020) Climate change has been linked to extreme weather events, movement of climate refugees, increases in transmission of infectious diseases, and food and water insecurity. These destabilising events [...]

2020-07-03T11:55:35+09:30June 25th, 2020|

A Psychologically Prepared Future Defence Force

Tuesday 30 July 2019

How can we prepare and support the Australian Defence Force psychologically for the unique, emerging implications of 21st Century warfare? This special Convergence Series event will bring together current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines, to explore what a psychologically prepared 21st Century Defence Force looks like, and what is required to reach that state.

2020-07-03T11:56:11+09:30June 24th, 2019|

Building Resilient Systems

2019-06-25

What does resilience look like, and how can we build systems that are able to avoid, withstand, recover from, adapt to, and evolve through adversity? This Convergence Series session will kickstart conversations about resilience as an enabler for prosperity and productivity. A panel and an audience of experts from diverse fields will discuss the latest developments and thinking on how to enable, encourage, and design resilient individual, organisational, national, and global systems – in particular, where they have defence and national security implications. As with all our Convergence Series sessions, our goal is to broaden and build the research community [...]

2020-07-03T11:56:28+09:30June 2nd, 2019|

Human Centred Intelligent Systems

2019-05-07

Drinks vouchers distributed on arrival, food provided during the session. Attendance is by invite and spaces are limited. Registrations close midday of the event. The Human Centred Intelligent Systems session is aimed at exploring the issues and challenges around the applications, development and operations of systems that combine humans and technology. MC / Chair: Dr Robin Nicholson, Associate Director, Research - Defence Innovation Partnership Robin was appointed as Head, Protective Operations Studies, a research group focussing on Biometrics and Exercise Analysis for National Security in 2007 and onto Group Leader, Biometrics in 2014. In 2016 the Biometrics group was recognised as [...]

2020-07-03T11:56:34+09:30May 1st, 2019|