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This webinar forms part two of a two webinars which explore the innovation priorities and imperatives within each of the capability domains.
As the Hub and Defence begin to move out of the capability streams and into broader domains, it is important for industry to gain an understanding of the priorities within each so they can be well positioned to propose ideas and solutions.
The webinar will include presentations from senior Defence representatives from the information, space and cyber domains who will discuss strategic challenges and opportunities, as well as innovation needs and priorities within their domain.
The audience will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of presenters through a Q&A session.
Part one will focus on the information, space and cyber domains and will be held on Wednesday 25 November.
Acting Head Intelligence Capability
Defence Intelligence Group
Department of Defence
Chris joined Defence as a trainee Geospatial Intelligence analyst in the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation in 2003 (now known as the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation). He held several analytic positons focused on regional military capabilities. In 2007, and established the Maritime Security section, before being posted as the Deputy Liaison Officer (Operations) to the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency in Washington DC, USA.
Chris has held leadership roles in GEOINT capability development, Counter Proliferation and support to military operations directorate. In 2016, Chris established the Collection Directorate in AGO, which gained Government approval for investment in an Australian space-based GEOINT collection capability.
Chris was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in July 2017, and was responsible for the planning, delivery and sustainment of GEOINT collection, production and dissemination systems. Since September 2020, he is assisting in establishing the new Defence Intelligence Group as acting Head Intelligence Capability.
Mr Luke Brown
Assistant Secretary Space Services, Training Areas and Simulation
Information Warfare Division
Joint Capabilities Group
In 2019, Luke Brown took up the duties of the Assistant Secretary Space Services, Training Areas and Simulation branch of the Australian Department of Defence Joint Capabilities Group. In this role he is the Capability Manager for military Satellite Communications, GPS and, more recently, Defence Training areas and Simulation.
Luke originally joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1982. As an Aeronautical Engineer he worked on mostly transport aircraft. In the early 1990s Luke also worked as part of the RAAF team in development of the Defence Airworthiness framework.
From 1996 Luke worked in various acquisition engineering and project management roles in Aerospace and Guided Weapons. After transitioning to the public service in 1999 he continued in Defence acquisition including secondment with the UK MoD and the Air-to-Air refuelling aircraft team in Madrid, Spain.
Prior to his current appointment, Luke was the Chief Engineer of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.
Luke has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) from RMIT, a Master of Science (Aerospace Systems Engineering) from Loughborough University, UK, and a Master of Business (Complex Project Leadership) from QUT. Luke is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
AIR COMMODORE PHIL GORDON
Commander Air Warfare CentreSenior Australian Defence Force Officer – Edinburgh Defence Precinct
Air Commodore Phil Gordon graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1989. After completing number 156 Pilot’s Course, he undertook fast jet training graduating as an F/A-18A Hornet pilot in December 1993.
After a two year tour at 3SQN he completed 123 Flying Instructors Course going on to fly and instruct on the PC9 and Macchi at 2FTS, 79SQN and 76SQN during which time he was promoted to Squadron Leader.
Air Commodore Gordon returned to Hornets as a Flight Commander at 77SQN in January 2000 for a two year tour which culminated in the first operational deployment to Diego Garcia for Operation SLIPPER. On return he took over as Executive Officer of 76SQN flying the Hawk 127.
Air Commodore Gordon attended Australian Command and Staff Course in 2004 after which he was promoted to Wing Commander and completed a tour as Deputy Director Joint Combined Training Centre with Capability Development Group.
Air Commodore Gordon assumed command of 2OCU in June 2006 flying and instructing on the F/A-18A/B. In January 2009 Air Commodore Gordon was posted to the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC where he worked as Air Staff Officer Plans and Operations for the Air Attaché. Air Commodore Gordon returned to Australia in August 2011 on promotion to Group Captain into the newly established position of Director Air Combat Transition Office (DACTO).
During his three years as DACTO Air Commodore Gordon led Air Force planning for the introduction of the F35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter achieving a number of significant milestones including Government approval for 72 aircraft in April 2014 and delivery of the first two RAAF aircraft in July 2014.
In October 2014 Air Commodore Gordon took command of 81WG flying the F/A-18A/B Hornet. From March 2015 81WG contributed the strike element to combat operations in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation OKRA.
Air Commodore Gordon was promoted in June 2016 and subsequently commanded Air Task Group 630 from July 2016 to February 2017. The Air Task Group contributed strike, air to air refuelling, airborne and ground based command and control, intelligence and targeting capabilities to the US led coalition under Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Upon assuming command Air Commodore Gordon flew two combat missions in the F/A-18A employing a total of 5 bombs in direct support of Iraqi ground forces.
On return from operations Air Commodore Gordon assumed the dual roles of Director General Air Command Operations (DGACOPS) in Headquarters Air Command, and Director General Air (DGAIR) in Headquarters Joint Operations Command. As the Australian Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) he was responsible for the air planning, command and control of major exercises and operations globally.
On 30th November 2018 Air Commodore Gordon commenced his current appointment as Commander Air Warfare Centre (CDRAWC). The Air Warfare Centre mission is to ‘Ready the Warfighter’ leading and supporting the transition of the Royal Australian Air Force into a fully joint and integrated ‘5th generation’ capability.
Air Commodore Gordon is married with two children at university.
Prof. Anna Moore
Director ANU Institute for Space, & Director Advance Instrumentation & Technology Centre
Professor Anna Moore is a major force driving Australia’s strategic direction and R&D agenda to grow our space capabilities and industry. As Director of InSpace, she sets the vision and strategy for space-related activities at the Australian National University, including satellite and space mission design, manufacture and testing, space-ground communications, Earth observations, space situational awareness, and space medicine, law and commerce. Professor Moore also directs the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mount Stromlo Observatory.
Following a distinguished research career at Caltech and other astronomy institutes around the world Professor Moore joined ANU in 2017. She served on the Australian Government's space expert reference group to form the Australian Space Agency. As a consultant, her expertise has also been valued by NASA, the US National Science Foundation and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Professor Moore’s special interests are in astronomical instrumentation, Antarctic astronomy and transient infrared astronomy.