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Innovation and R&D have always been the essential foundations of a strong, sustainable defence industry. Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper, Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) and Defence Integrated Investment Program (DIIP) acknowledge the importance of successful Defence R&D and innovation to the nation’s defence industry and thus to Australian defence policy. The 2020 Defence Force Structure Plan reinforced these foundations.

EX2 was set up by Dr Gregor Ferguson, a defence industry and innovation analyst and consultant, to make a useful contribution in Australia’s new and welcoming defence business environment.

EX2 helps innovators in Defence, the research sector and industry, and especially SMEs, by providing news and insight about innovation in Defence and adjacent sectors such as space, aerospace and resources.

Gregor Ferguson writes, teaches, advises and runs a national program designed to encourage and reward innovators in the defence, aerospace and maritime domains in both industry and the research and academic communities.

View his bio here (PDF opens in new window).

Dr Gregor Ferguson, Ph.D, BA (Hons), MRAeS

NSW invests $832.7 million to turbocharge R&D

  The New South Wales government will deliver the single largest investment in scientific research, innovation and technological development in the state’s history, investing $832.7 million over four years under the 2022-23 NSW Budget. Beneficiaries will include the State's burgeoning defence and…

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