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The Future of Warfare: Changing Technologies and Enduring Principles

Monday, 06 March 2017


You are invited to a presentation on The Future of Warfare: Changing Technologies and Enduring Principles” by Mr Brett Biddington.

Date:  Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Venue:  Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027

Room:   Building 21, Room 21.202

The technology of warfare is changing rapidly but some basic principles endure. This special interest group seminar will review how networking, miniaturization, and ‘smart’ materials are changing the concept of warfighting as a contest between the armed forces of nation states operating in a well-defined geography, to something far more complex, ambiguous and difficult to comprehend and manage.

Whilst future fighting may well be conducted in the digital domain, presence in the analogue domain is likely to remain an essential element in the resolution of any conflict. Soldiers, with their “boots on the ground”, remain the most convincing evidence of occupation or liberation (depending on one’s point of view).

These themes will be discussed from the viewpoint of Australia as a middle power, which presents a further set of challenges and some opportunities as well.

Finally, some suggestions will be made about where ECU may choose to participate in research associated with future warfare, drawing on its current and emerging research strengths and capabilities.

Presenter: Mr Brett Biddington AM

Brett Biddington is the Founder and Principal of Biddington Research Pty Ltd (BRPL), which specialises in space and cyber security matters from policy, advocacy and national capacity development perspectives, including in education.

Brett is a Director of the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) and the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute Ltd (ACSRI). He is also a Director and the Treasurer of the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS), a Canberra-based “think tank” that addresses the long-term national security challenges faced by Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

He is responsible, on behalf of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), for organising the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s largest annual space conference (4,000 delegates), which will be held in Adelaide in September 2017.

He is a past chair of the SIAA and sits on several advisory boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia’s space and astronomy activities and with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.

Between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team. Brett served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for almost 23 years. He was the senior intelligence officer and later the Provost Marshal (head of policing and security) of the RAAF before moving into capability development. There he sponsored a two billion dollar portfolio of projects in the command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare domains. This included the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar project and classified and unclassified space initiatives.

He holds Adjunct Professorial appointments in the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and also in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria.

In June 2012 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Australian space sector.

Event details: 5pm - 6pm Seminar presentation / 6pm - 6.30pm Light refreshments and networking

Register via Eventbrite on: Future of Warfare: Changing Technologies and Enduring Principles


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