The Australian Information Warfare Alliance (AIWA), an Australian defence industry-led consortium, has been established with aims to boost Australia’s sovereign information warfare (IW) capabilities and deliver on AUKUS Pillar 2 capabilities.
Announced at the Indo Pacific Maritime Expo in Sydney last week, the AIWA founding members include DEWC Services, Asension, SOIO - School of Information Operations, CyberOps and Elysium EPL.
Working closely with Defence and academia on key IW priorities, the AIWA aims to deliver specialised IW capability and capacity, offering specialist support and expertise, training services, simulation and wargaming, and sovereign research and development.
“The Australian Information Warfare Alliance is a powerful collaboration of like-minded companies and organisations that are committed to mutually working together on advancing Australia’s IW capability and addressing national Defence IW imperatives,” said Allan Dundas, AIWA spokesperson.
“In an age of big data, emerging technologies and increasingly modern and sophisticated threats, strengthening Australia’s IW and cyber capabilities is vital to ensuring a more agile, responsive and effective Australian Defence Force.”
Enhancing Australia’s defence information warfare capabilities has been identified as a key priority in the Defence Strategic Review and in the AUKUS Pillar 2 technology program. The AIWA will align its goals to meet the requirements and objectives identified by state and federal governments.
“The AIWA will harness the collective technical expertise of its member organisations, which spans the full spectrum of IW solutions, including the research and development of IW systems and data products, cyber capabilities, strategic thinking, cognitive expertise and IW training and education experience,” said Dundas.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with our community and bringing fresh perspectives and integrated IW solutions that will meet the needs of our Defence Force and protect Australia’s national interests.”