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The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is part of Australia's Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia.

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DSTO is a national leader in safeguarding Australia by delivering valued scientific advice and innovative technology solutions for Defence and national security.
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky (left) and Airbus Group Australia Pacific Managing Director Dr Jens Goennemann (right) holding the newly signed strategic alliance.
DSTO has formed a new strategic alliance with Airbus Group Australia Pacific Ltd (AGAP).
SWIR Imagery
DSTO has collaborated to help collect sophisticated satellite imagery during the recent Adelaide Hills bushfire.
Cover of DSTO Annual Review 2013-14
DSTO has released a new publication covering its research highlights and activities for 2013-14.
Dr Bob Mathews accepting his award at The Hague. Photo courtesy of Henry Arvidsson/OPCW.
DSTO’s Dr Bob Mathews has been awarded the OPCW-The Hague award from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert (right) awards Dr Stephen Burke with the 2014 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.
DSTO's Dr Stephen Burke has won the 2014 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.
Rhys Lehmann with Dr Zelinsky and Air Commodore Noel Schmidt during the awards presentation.
Rhys Lehmann has received the 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society’s ADF Aviation Safety Award for his outstanding contribution to helicopter flight dynamic modelling.
 Left to right: Chief Defence Scientist Alex Zelinsky, Andrew Nikolic MP, Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert and Major General Paul McLachlan.
DSTO will investigate the use of a new processing technology to produce high-quality, long-life, shelf-stable foods for Defence ration packs.
A robot
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has launched the Forward 2035: DSTO Foresight Study at the National Press Club in Canberra.