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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.
An image of the Defence Innovation Forum
DSTO and the Defence Capability Development Group have hosted the inaugural Defence Innovation Forum.
The cover of DSTO's Nulka publication
The Minister for Defence has announced First Pass approval to update the Nulka Active Missile Decoy launch capability.
(L-R) Dr Reginald Brothers and Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert.
The Assistant Minister for Defence has hosted a meeting with a US delegation to discuss S&T collaboration in support of national security.
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky speaking at the launch of new the Defence Science Partnerships program.
A new partnership program between Defence and the innovation sector will enhance the impact of Defence science research in Australia.
Senator the Honourable David Johnston, Minister for Defence in front of the F-35 Iron Bird at the unveiling ceremony.
Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston has commissioned DSTO's research on a full-scale replica of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
An underwater image of the AE2 wreckage. Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterens' Affairs.
More than 99 years after it was scuttled, a project is underway to record, preserve and tell the story of the wreck of HMAS AE2 .
Three of the developers of the Digital Video Guard, (L-R) John Shield, Mark Beaumont and Brad Hopkins, with SA Premier Jay Weatherill.
A digital encryption technology developed by DSTO has won a prestigious South Australian ICT Award.
Image of two soldiers
An impressive list of overseas and Australian speakers will speak on the theme of Integrating the Future Land Force.