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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

Australian Parliament passes TCA, SAMS bills

The Australian Parliament has passed the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Act 2024 (DTC Act) in a bipartisan move that is designed strengthen Australia’s national security and support local industry by unlocking defence trade, innovation and collaboration with Australia’s two AUKUS partners.…

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