Defence Science Parnterships

Defence Science and Technology Group

ASPC works closely with Defence Science and Technology Group to identify appropriate Universities and Academic supervisors the enable the Air Force managed Fellowship and Scholar Programs within Australia.

Defence Science and Technology Group brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across Australia and around the world to address Defence and national security challenges.

Defence Science and Technology Group's role is to work closely with the Australian science, technology and innovation eco-system to deliver scientific advice and solutions that provide capability enhancement for Defence and the national security community.


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Sir Richard Williams Foundation

The primary purpose of the Williams Foundation is to strengthen Australia’s national security by shaping and influencing policy decisions regarding Australia’s defence with an emphasis on air power.

The Foundation is not for profit and undertakes the following activities:

  • Conduct of a series of events and research activities using subject matter experts and senior government representatives
  • host and moderate Central Blue (a forum/blog) designed to promote informed discussion and debate about air power in Australia;
  • Sponsor a PhD Scholars and a Grants program that encourages future strategic leadership; and
  • Advocate air power policy development and professional development in government, industry and academia.
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Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion, and careful reflection on defence and security matters. 

RUSI is a British institution but operates with an international perspective. Offices in Nairobi and Brussels reinforce our global reach. We have amassed over the years an outstanding reputation for quality and objectivity. Our heritage, location at the heart of Whitehall, together with our range of contacts both inside and outside government, but always strictly independent of it, give RUSI a unique insight and authority. 

Latest Article of Interest:

Regenerating Warfighting Credibility for European NATO Air Forces

This paper examines three challenges for European NATO air forces in deterring future aggression by Russia against Alliance members – the current vulnerability of NATO air bases and options for hardening or dispersal; current shortfalls in NATO aircrew readiness for high-intensity combat and the changes required to fix them; and the need for SEAD/DEAD capabilities and appropriate munitions stockpiles.


The Central Blue

Hosted by the Williams Foundation, The Central Blue is a forum designed to promote informed discussion of air power issues affecting Australia; and to enhance professional development of Air Force personnel in order to create a new generation of air power thinkers.

The Central Blue aims to promote informed discussion and debate of air power and related issues, including strategy, doctrine and organisational culture.

The Central Blue aims to enhance professional development of Air Force personnel by encouraging them to read, engage with and write about key issues related to air power and national security.

In 2021, WGCDR Ulas Yildirim had his paper "The Bedrocks of Deterrence" published by The Central Blue. The original paper remains available via The Central Blue. The audiobook of this paper has been developed by ASPC and, with the kind approval of The Central Blue, is available below.

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Air Force Innovation

Plan Jericho - At the Edge

Plan Jericho’s purpose is to give Air Force the edge to protect Australia from technologically sophisticated and rapidly morphing threats.

Plan Jericho will lead the pursuit of four augmented intelligence lines of effort to help realise the Air Force’s intention to create, accelerate, and harness competitive advantage:

  1. Autonomous processing to infuse machine processing power throughout the force to enhance decision-making quality and tempo.
  2. Advanced sensors to detect and track challenging targets in difficult environments.
  3. Combat cloud to optimise decision and action tempo by integrating the fifth-generation force and enabling resources from across the force to be distributed and applied as a unified whole.
  4. Human-machine augmentation to optimise individual and collective human and human-machine performance within a proactively developed ethical, moral, and legal framework.
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Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) is an independent public research and education association which seeks to enhance understanding of defence and national security within Australia and internationally.

A federation of seven independent state and territory United Services Institutes, RUSIDSS-A serves as their national peak body and they are referred to as RUSIDSS-A's constituent bodies. The federation's research and educational activities mostly are regionally-based and are undertaken and delivered by the constituent bodies. The national body, however, provides some common educational services such as its quarterly professional journal, United Service.

RUSIDSS-A is constituted as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity. Mostly through its constituent bodies, it provides research, education and related services through its library services, websites, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars, and visits to military installations.

RUSIDSS-A has a long tradition of serving the community by promoting a better understanding of defence and national security. This includes an understanding of Australian defence strategy, contemporary and historic conflicts, developments in military science and technology, and other aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. Through the constituent bodies, it has members in all states and the Australian Capital Territory. They include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force, civilian defence and security professionals, and other citizens interested in defence and national security.

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For 70 years, RAND has worked in the public interest to provide policy research and analysis to clients around the world. The RAND Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd is RAND’s subsidiary that does work for Australian clients on defence-related topics as well as economic and social issues. With an office in Canberra since 2014, RAND Australia provides local research talent augmented with world-class experts from across RAND’s global presence to solve complex public policy problems with a commitment to RAND’s core values: quality and objectivity. We differ from a traditional management consulting firm in that we rely upon data-driven solutions and strong analytic methods.

RAND Australia's research draws on staff based in Canberra as well as a rich pool of nearly 1,175 global research staff from the United States and Europe. With 70 years of worldwide research in defence, national security, health care, education, transport, employment, innovation, energy, and the environment behind it, RAND Australia is ideally positioned to help improve policy and decisionmaking in Australia.

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Australian Strategic Policy Institute

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australian and global leaders. ASPI generates new ideas for policy makers, allowing them to make better-informed decisions. ASPI is one of the most authoritative and widely quoted contributors to public discussion of strategic policy issues in the Indo-Pacific region and a recognised and authoritative Australian voice in international discussion on strategic, national security, cyber, technology and foreign interference issues.