Pathways into Defence Cyber

You are invited to a Defence cyber webinar

Title: Pathways into Defence Cyber: How to prepare and pitch

Timings: Monday 07 September 2020, 0900-1100 (AEST)

Event Description

Australia’s defence cyber industry is growing quickly, and there are opportunities for Australian industry to help build Defence cyber capabilities.

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan recently announced a significant investment to grow both Australian Defence Force cyber capabilities and Australian cyber industry.

Join us for a two hour webinar to learn more about how to engage with Defence. Hear from Head of Information Warfare, Major General Marcus Thompson, and CEO Austcyber, Michelle Price, about how industry can provide solutions to the ADF to meet emerging threats and leverage opportunities.

Learn about Pathways into Defence from Assistant Secretary Defence Capability and Innovation
Mr Andrew Hodgkinson, including opportunities for Australian cyber companies. Listen in to the panel of leading cyber industry speakers including ADIESA Chair Ms Kylah Limmer to discuss experiences, lessons and opportunities on navigating and succeeding in Defence.

This event is targeted at Australian cyber-related companies interested in learning about Defence cyber industry opportunities, including how to engage with Defence. This is not a Defence project update. There will be opportunities to submit questions to our speakers in real time.

The schedule is attached, and may be subject to some minor changes due to the availability of our panel members.

Please click the link HERE for the schedule and event registration details (members only).

An Evening with Eddie Jones and Friends.

Proceeds to the ACT Rural Fire Service

Chairman of ADF Rugby Union, RADM Michael Rothwell would like to share the following invitation with ADIESA members and encourage all to attend this worthwhile event. It’s a Bushfire Fundraiser for charity, and sure to be a great evening with food, drinks and entertainment by the Australian Army Band. Please see the flyer below for further details, tickets are on sale now !

Defence Watch – Meet the Chiefs Industry Briefing – 2 March 2020

Since the Defence Efficiency Review and the introduction of the Defence Reform Program in 1997, the Australian Department of Defence has undergone major restructure.  Indeed the Department is continuing to refine the organisation. C3I has been conducting Defence Watch briefings since 1997 to assist the Defence Industry to better understand these changes and how they affect the way they conduct their business with Defence.

Here are the presentations from this weeks industry briefing, attended by members of the ADIESA Board.

Dr Dale Lambert

MAJGEN Marcus Thompson

The third speaker, Scott MacLeod First Assistant Director-General Protect, Assure and Enable, ACSC forewarned the audience of the announcement to be made later that afternoon.

Defence & Industry Study Course

Applications are now open for the 2020 Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC).  DISC is a Department of Defence program managed by Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

The current Defence & Industry Study Course (DISC) evolved from the Industrial Mobilisation Course which commenced in 1954 as an outcome from post-war reviews identifying the deep divides and lack of knowledge between the public and private sectors involved in national security. The primary aim has been, and remains, to promote a better understanding and engagement of both Defence and industry in order to improve Australia’s Defence industry capability and thus national security.

Applications for the Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC) close February 28, 2020. Further course and enrolment information are available here.

AGM 2019

Notice of the ADIESA Annual General Meeting was sent to all current members this week. A detailed agenda will be sent to all members closer to the date.

Nominations are now called from interested Association members who wish to nominate for election to the ADIESA board.

Three elected Board Members will step down at this AGM and an election will held to fill the vacant Board positions. A representative of any financial member of the Association is eligible to nominate and can self-nominate (but requires endorsement by a representative of the member organisation).

Only financial members of the Association are eligible to vote in these elections, which will be conducted at the AGM.

Members who wish to nominate a person to be a Director or to self-nominate must complete and return a nomination form to the Secretary at (also cc by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email addresses above.

The Cyber Defence Summit – An ADF/Industry/Academia event – 31 October, 2019

Invitations to the Defence Cyber Summit went out to all current members last week. Registrations for the Summit and the dinner event following close October 15, 2019

From IWD:

‘Cyberspace is challenging our concepts of how we will fight future conflict.

We are only just coming to terms what it means for the Australian Defence Force. From the conduct of offensive cyber operations in a new warfighting domain, to the impact cyberspace has on the traditional physical warfighting domains, much less the impact of cyber security to our mission systems, platforms and operating technologies. The challenges we face are significant – from supply chain risk management, to growing a cyber-smart workforce.

This Cyber Defence Summit with Industry and Academia aims to bring together a collective brains-trust to workshop the future, and examine the problems we face. This is not a Defence project update. This is a chance to be part of what is intended will become an annual event to tackle how Defence deals with Cyber, and anticipate emerging threats and opportunities.’

For further information or assistance, please contact Victoria Dixon-ADIESA Board Secretariat.

Opportunity to meet with visiting delegation from Virginia, US (October 2019)

ADIESA was recently contacted by Foley & Associates who are currently working with companies visiting Australia as part of an official Virginia Economic Development Partnership Trade Mission to Australia, 7-11 October. The companies will also be attending Pacific 2019.

This delegation is a multi-sector delegation (Profile Document here), however there are a few defence companies that members might be interested in meeting with:

  • AT&T (Global Business Communications – Defence & Public Sector Divisions)
  • PAE ISR (OEM Manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems for defence, military and civil applications)

More information available here…

USINDOPACOM Coalition Interoperability Forum

Co-located with TechNet Indo-Pacific
19 – 21 November 2019
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii

USINDOPACOM is hosting a Coalition Interoperability Forum to strengthen the community of interest including commercial industry, academia, government, and military to discuss major challenges and accelerate efforts to achieve effective and efficient coalition interoperability.

This forum is organized in a novel way, featuring information session, decision-making, networking opportunities, and working group level interaction. The plenary information session to improve conference attendee knowledge will be held concurrent with a technical track to enhance community understanding of solutions.

The Forum’s goal is to bring together the US and mission partner stakeholder community to accelerate the rapid acquisition and fielding of coalition interoperability solutions. This is the second forum in a semi-annual series. Although the forum is focused on coalition interoperability, it will help achieve all three lines of effort outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy.


Future conflicts involving the U.S. will not be small, U.S.-led counter-insurgency efforts. Maintaining peace will require regional coalitions of like-minded, capable, and interoperable partners. Efforts to achieve coalition interoperability efficacy have stagnated in the past 14 years. The U.S. needs to energize the community of interest, including commercial industry, academia, government, and military to accelerate these efforts. USINDOPACOM is hosting a coalition interoperability forum (CI Forum) to discuss major challenges impacting coalition interoperability to rapidly field warfighting capabilities.

During the CI Forum, industry/academia/government teams will address a coalition interoperability problem set using an operational vignette and present innovative solutions to a senior review board consisting of USINDOPACOM and mission partner stakeholders. The solutions selected at the CI Forum will be included in rapid acquisition proposals by USINDOPACOM. The problem set for the November 2019 CI Forum is listed below. Additional information about the problem set and the operational vignette is in the Call for Papers. Paper submission closes September 6, 2019.


Federated Coalition Information Sharing Architecture

  • CHALLENGE:  What are some models of federation used in commercial industry, and how can those be applied to ensure secure and interoperable federation between USINDOPACOM and mission partners in the Indo-Pacific, who require dynamic coalitions and who do not have pre-existing agreements?

Secure VDI in the Cloud

  • CHALLENGE:  What commercially available approaches can be leveraged to support this desired information sharing environment? Are these approaches and technologies releasable to mission partners and can they support classified information sharing requirements? Are there commercial multi-cloud approaches that support multiple vendor solutions?

Multinational Cloud Cybersecurity

  • CHALLENGE:  What models, frameworks, standards, policies, governance, and technologies are used by commercial industry to ensure cybersecurity for multinational / multi-tenant clouds?  Security is often a trade-off with cost and accessibility. Are these approaches cost-effective, secure, and flexible enough to meet changing mission needs and priorities?


  • Event:      TechNet Indo-Pacific hosted by AFCEA
  • Date:        November 19 – 21, 2019
  • Location:  Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Phone:      808.949.4321
  • Call for Papers closes: September 6, 2019


The USINDOPACOM Mission Partner Environment (MPE) Program is a strategy and roadmap to guide implementation of responsive and sustainable SECRET and below bi-lateral and multi-lateral capabilities at operational and tactical levels to enable exercises and operations with allies and partners.

  • USINDOPACOM must have the ability to establish a mission environment with a set of undetermined partners within the mission response time without compromising data security. This needs to be understood and exercised regularly with various partners to ensure reliability during an actual crisis.
  • USINDOPACOM desires an open and unclassified forum to discuss and share technical solutions for coalition interoperability problems, both technical and doctrinal, that will increase stakeholder awareness of solutions that are mature, able to be fielded quickly, and immediately usable by partners for mission success.
  • USINDOPACOM currently provides proposal advocacy and project oversight to multiple programs that involve government (including national labs and R&D centers), industry, and academia (including university-affiliated research centers) stakeholders, using vehicles for rapid acquisition of mature tech or to perform collaborative R&D.


Significant funding available through:



For further information:

New SATCOM Focus Group set up

Dear ADIESA Members

On 12th September, we wrote to you advising of an upcoming SATCOM Industry Brief, the newly established SATCOM Focus Group, and Networking event.

On behalf of the Chair, Mr Sandy Taylor, please find attached our exclusive members only invitation to the Networking Drinks and Canapés event on 27th September to be held at the Boathouse. To reserve your place, please contact to ADIESA Spring Networking Drinks and Canapes.docx

This event has been timed to coincide with the recently advised Australian Defence SATCOM System (ASDSS) Project Office Industry Brief on Friday 28th September. You can find the details on how to register for the Industry Brief on

Your invitation to the networking event is open to all members, regardless of your intention to attend the Industry Brief.

A reminder to also place a calendar holder for the upcoming Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Focus Group on 17th October, which is a collaboration between the Department of Defence and ADIESA ably guided by Board Members Josh Polette and Alan Dyer.

On behalf of the ADIESA Board, I look forward to your active participation at the above events.

Kind regards

Kylah Limmer

ADIESA Deputy Chair


On 6 September 2018 the Chair of the ADIESA Board, Mr Sandy Taylor, announced the forming of the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Focus Group in conjunction with Australian Defence Organisation, Director General C4 Capability, Joint Capability Group.

The first SATCOM Focus Group meeting is scheduled for 17 October, 2018 in Canberra.

For further details click here.