Defence – Space Domain Awareness Industry Briefing

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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02:30 PM ACST - 03:30 PM ACST



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CASG invites Industry and Acadamia to attend an Industry Briefing on Space Domain Awareness.

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Jennifer Stephenson 

Jennifer joined the Australian Public Service in 2001 at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of International Relations and Honours in French. She has post-graduate qualifications in International Relations from the University of South Australia and is currently undertaking a MBA from Queensland University of Technology. 

Jennifer worked in a variety of policy roles in various Divisions in Veterans’ Affairs, including on the development of the new military compensation legislation the Military, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004. As Director of Eligibility and Compensation she lead the introduction of a number of new policy proposals through Government. Her work included long-term acting roles as Branch head of Compensation Policy and Income Support and Grants. Jennifer worked closely on the introduction of new models of support to veterans and as part of the Veterans’ Affairs transformation journey. 

In January 2013, Jennifer was posted to the Australian Embassy in Paris where she was responsible for leading the Australian Government’s projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Jennifer lead the development and implementation of 12 major projects along the former Western Front in France and Belgium in partnership with local communities, including leading a major road and carpark development project at the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the development phase for the Sir John Monash Centre located at the National Memorial. Jennifer also lead the 11 national Australian ceremonies for key centenaries of important battles to Australia, including the centenary ceremony for the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in 2018 which was attend by 8000 people, the French and Australian Prime Ministers and HRH the Prince of Wales. 

In January 2019, Jennifer transferred to the Department of Defence in the role of Director, Space Awareness Project Office, in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. She is responsible for coordinating the work of Unit in providing Air Force with the capability of Space Domain Awareness (SDA). SDA is the provision of knowledge of the space domain which includes the location of spacecraft, debris (human and natural) and space weather. 

Jennifer is a Francophone and Francophile and enjoys running and sporting activities. She lives in Adelaide with her husband Todd and children, Sebastian, Lavinia and Louis.


Group Captain Chris Robson

Royal Australian Air Force

Group Captain Chris Robson is an Air Combat Officer (ACO) from the Air Battle Management (ABM) specialisation with 25 years of experience in the Air Force across all areas inclusive of Operations, planning and Capability Management. Upon graduation as an officer he completed his basic Air Battle Management training in 1993 and spent the next two years controlling fighter operations at No 2 Control and Reporting Unit in Darwin. 

GPCAPT Robson trained as an ABM Instructor in 1996 and was responsible for instruction and training development for the next two years. WGCDR Robson was posted to the JORN Project team in Melbourne in 1999 as the Senior Training Development Officer responsible for the development and introduction of the JORN simulator and training regime. 

GPCAPT Robson was posted to No 1 Radar Surveillance Unit in 2002 and served as the Training Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer in successive years. Through this period he was responsible for the delivery, acceptance and introduction to operations of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). 

In 2005 GPCAPT Robson was posted to Head Quarters Air Command as part of the planning cell, where he was responsible for Air Defence planning and Air Operations Centre exercise participation. 

In 2007 GPCAPT Robson was selected for Command and Staff course, upon graduation he was posted to Special Operations Command where he served for the next two years inclusive of a six month deployment to Sudan working as part of the United Nations Mission in Sudan. 

GPCAPT Robson was selected in 2009 as the RAAF exchange officer at Vandenberg AFB in the 614th AOC under Commander Joint Force Component Command Space. He operated as the Chief of Strategy Guidance and was in charge of developing guidance and intent on behalf of CDR JFCC Space for all US Military Space and NAVWAR capabilities. During this period GPCAPT Robson was both the US and Australian Operational lead for the development of the Combined Space Operations (CSPO) concept. Upon completion of his overseas tour GPCAPT Robson was posted to HQJOC as the Chief of the Australian Space Operations Centre. 

GPCAPT Robson was selected as the Commanding Officer of No 1 Radar Surveillance Unit WEF Dec 2014 and completed this tour at the end of 2016. GPCAPT Robson Was then promoted to O6 and selected as the Head Quarters Joint Operations Command Director of Domestic and Regional Operations and on completion of this role GPCAPT Robson has moved back into the Space Domain as the Director of ADF Space from January 2019. 

GPCAPT Robson is married to Terrie and has two sons and one daughter.


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