The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has formed a strategic partnership with Flinders University and a South Australia-based defence industry firm DEWC T&E.

The partners have set up a Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research (PEWTER) memorandum of understanding.

Over the next five years, the DoD and the university would co-finance a Defence Science Partnership (DSP) valued at $5m.

The funding will be used to establish a Centre of Expertise for electronic warfare (EW). Defence scientist professor Sam Drake has been selected as the inaugural Flinders University Academic Chair of Electromagnetic Systems and Security.

Australia Defence Minister Melissa Price said: “Having a skilled electronic warfare workforce comprising both practitioners and researchers across defence, academia and industry is key to ensuring future defence capabilities are fit-for-purpose and future-proofed.

“Talent acquisition and retention are critical to delivering an effective and enduring electronic warfare workforce across defence.

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“Professor Drake and his team will work in partnership with defence scientists to establish electronic warfare-focused education and research programmes.

“They will also facilitate professional electronic warfare training and research to stimulate and sustain workforce development.”

Melissa added that these advanced capabilities will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a ‘tactical advantage to keep pace with the evolving operating environment’.

DEWC T&E will deliver EW training via the School of Information Operations.

Its EW and training expertise will provide valuable insights for students through a ‘curriculum’ relevant to the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO).