CANBERRA, Australia – Aug. 10, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Australia, in partnership with The Australian National University (The ANU), recently hosted TechX2018, a technology and innovation-related symposium fostering collaboration among industry, academia and government to address Australia’s defence and security challenges in the Indo-Pacific. Held July 30-31, the event focused on creating regionally superior capabilities in defence technology areas such as space, cyber, autonomous systems, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
“We are very proud to be contributing to the Australian government’s vision of a strong, sustainable national defence industry that capitalises on Australia’s innovation culture, skilled workforce and highly capable defence industrial sector,” said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. “As we see at forums such as TechX, the speed of technological advancement is rapidly increasing. We must embrace change and risk, in order to develop a sovereign industry and provide pathways for the highly skilled workforce to sustain and expand it.”
TechX2018 featured a keynote addresses from Professor Brian Schmidt, vice-chancellor of The ANU, Dr. Alex Zelinsky, chief defence scientist, Department of Defence, and Dr. Anita Hill, head of future industries and chief scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Chief technology officers from Northrop Grumman’s U.S. businesses, Patrick Antkowiak, Gulu Gambhir, Tom Pieronek, David Steffy and Brad Furukawa, also attended.
The events also included a dinner at the Australian War Memorial, with remarks from The Hon Dr. Brendan Nelson AO, the memorial’s director, and a keynote address from The Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, who emphasised the importance of innovation for Australia’s sovereign capability.
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