• Image: Commonwealth of Australia via Boeing
    Image: Commonwealth of Australia via Boeing

The government has partnered with Flinders University and DEWC T&E to establish a Centre of Expertise for Electronic Warfare.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Defence and Flinders University would co-fund a Defence Science Partnership (DSP) worth $5 million over five years. They have joined DEWC T&E, an EW company owned and managed by ADF veterans, to establish a Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research (PEWTER) Memorandum of Understanding.

The $5 million in funding will see a Centre of Expertise for Electronic Warfare established, with Defence Scientist Professor Sam Drake appointed as the inaugural Flinders University Academic Chair of Electromagnetic Systems and Security.

“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.

"Professor Drake and his team will work in partnership with Defence scientists to establish Electronic Warfare-focused education and research programs. They will also facilitate professional Electronic Warfare training and research to stimulate and sustain workforce development.

"The 2020 Defence Strategic Update outlines increased investment in Electronic Warfare capabilities across all domains. These advanced capabilities will provide the ADF with a strategic and tactical advantage to keep pace with the evolving operating environment.”

DEWC T&E deliver Electronic Warfare training through the School of Information Operations.

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