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Sydney, Australia - 10 Feb 2014: The Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert MP today announced a new alliance between the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) to conduct research in a range of high-end defence technologies.
“This alliance means the two organisations will collaborate in the highly specialised technology areas of cyber security, analytics and cognitive computing,” Mr Robert said.
The agreement was signed today in Canberra by the Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky and Mr Glenn Wightwick, Director, IBM Research, Australia.
Dr Alex Zelinsky said the alliance was an opportunity to strengthen the ADF’s capabilities in cyber security.
“Both organisations have deep expertise in these areas and it is a natural fit that we work together in what are some very promising defence related areas of research,’ Dr Zelinsky said.
Mr Glenn Wightwick said IBM welcomed the chance to contribute to Defence capability in emerging technologies.
“IBM has a long history of driving innovation – from the invention of the barcode to the creation of cognitive computing systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own. Our researchers push the boundaries of science and technology to make the world work better,” Mr Wightwick said. “IBM has a strong relationship with the Australian Defence Force and we are pleased to be able to collaborate with the DSTO on this important work.”
“Defence operates in an increasingly complex and challenging technology environment and has to pursue collaborative opportunities with organisations such as IBM Australia to meet Australia’s national security needs,” Mr Robert said.
“The government encourages such strategic collaborations to ensure Defence technology remains at the cutting edge,” he added.
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