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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.
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.
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Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has launched the Forward 2035: DSTO Foresight Study at the National Press Club in Canberra.
The Hon Stuart Robert MP Assistant Minister for Defence met with a delegation from Singapore including Singapore's Chief Defence Scientist Mr Quek Tong Boon and MAJGEN (Ret'd) Ng Chee Khern
Increasing the number of joint Australia-Singapore Defence science & technology projects was discussed during a high-level meeting between both countries.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert at the Land Forces 2014 event.
DSTO is to pitch ten innovative technologies to industry for development or commercialisation at the Land Forces 2014 event.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert (centre) with Brigadier Darren Naumann and Dr Simon Oldfield during the sod turning ceremony at Fishermans Bend.
The Australian Government is investing $41 million to upgrade facilities and research capabilities at DSTO, Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.


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  • 23 February 2015 to 26 February 2015