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Australian Bill Seeks to Tighten Military Tech Transfer to Non-AUKUS Foreigners

Richard Marles, Australia’s minister for defense, has introduced in Parliament proposed legislation to tighten the transfer of military technology to foreign interests except AUKUS allies the United States and the United Kingdom. Marles filed the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2023 ahead of his U.S. visit to attend the AUKUS Defense Ministers’ Meeting in California. The...


AUKUS Could Involve More Countries in Efforts to Integrate Emerging Technologies Into Military

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are mulling the possibility of welcoming the contributions of other countries in Pillar 2 of their AUKUS security partnership. AUKUS has two lines of effort: Pillar 1 is focused on aiding Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines while Pillar 2 will explore the integration of emerging technologies in military...


Australia Pushes for Seamless Tech Sharing Among AUKUS Allies

The Australian Ministry of Defence has published draft legislation that seeks to make it easier for Australia and its AUKUS allies the United States and the United Kingdom exchange information on advanced technologies. The bill’s summary reveals Australia’s agenda of establishing an export license-free system to support industry, higher education and research advancements among the...


Australia Signs infosec Deal With European Partners

Australia has signed the Security Agreement on the Protection of Classified Information under the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation, according to a joint media release Tuesday from Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles and Minister for Defence Pat Conroy.  The pact opens classified information exchange between Australia and the European intergovermental organization, known by its...


Australia Establishes Defence Digital Group to Strengthen ICT Capabilities

The Australian Defence Force has established a new group to oversee Australia’s digital information and communications capabilities. According to Chris Crozier, chief information officer of the Australian federal government, the formation of the Defence Digital Group to replace the Chief Information Officer Group is a step forward in aligning the ADF’s information and communication posture and structure...


US Navy Official Says Australia Could Get First Virginia-Class Sub in 2032

The United States will deliver Virginia-class submarines to Australia starting in 2032 under the trilateral AUKUS security agreement, according to Vice Adm. Bill Houston, commander of Naval Submarine Forces. Speaking to reporters at the Naval Submarine League on Tuesday, Houston revealed that Australia will receive at least three submarines throughout the 2030s. Following the initial...


Zimperium to Offer Sovereign-Hosted Mobile Threat Defence Capability to Australian Government

Zimperium, a mobile security company, has conducted an IRAP assessment of its mobile threat defense platform at a sovereign Australian data center.  The move is part of the company’s efforts to support the Australian government’s cybersecurity initiatives.  IRAP, short for Information Security Registered Assessors Program, enables Zimperium to offer a sovereign-hosted MTD service, eliminating the need to...


Rheinmetall Sets First Delivery of Multi Ammunition Softkill System to Australian Navy by Year-End

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has set a year-end delivery date for the Multi Ammunition Softkill System ordered by the Royal Australian Navy in May. The company said Monday that it is looking for Australia-based partners that specialize in electronics, electrics and artillery to manufacture components for MASS. According to Nathan Poyner, Rheinmetall Defence Australia managing director,...


BAE Systems Australia Completes Critical Design Review of Strix Drone

BAE Systems Australia has completed the critical design review of the Strix vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. According to the company, the CDR resulted in changes to key elements of the aircraft. The platform will be different compared to the models exhibited at the recent Avalon International Airshow and DSEI London. The multi-domain, multi-role Strix long-range...


HII, Babcock Australasia Partner With Aussie Universities to Establish AUKUS Workforce Alliance

U.S.-based HII and Australia’s Babcock Australasia are working with top universities to establish the AUKUS Workforce Alliance to develop the workforce needed to strengthen the Australian defense industry. The AWA, which counts the University of Adelaide, Curtin University and the University of NSW as academe partners, will combine knowledge, skills and experience from Australia, the...

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