New centre targets defence communication

DEF.NET 2006 flyer  [PDF]  (1.84M)

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

The University of Adelaide has established a new industry-focused centre that aims to play a key role in Australia's growing defence sector.

The Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking (CDCIN) specialises in research, consulting and defence capability, with an emphasis on advanced communications systems.

The centre will be launched this morning (Wednesday 22 November) by Defence Materiel Advocate Major General Jim Molan, who was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Multinational Force Headquarters in Iraq during 2004 and 2005.

The launch will be held prior to the start of an all-day defence communications symposium at the National Wine Centre. The symposium, DEF.NET 2006, has attracted participants nationally from industry, government, military and universities.


The new Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking at the University of Adelaide builds on the skills of key staff and associates, who have a combined experience of more than 100 years in industry, government and academia throughout the world.

"The need for such a centre became apparent to us earlier this year," says Professor Michael Rumsewicz, the Director of CDCIN. "Our research and consulting services were increasingly being engaged by key defence players, and the South Australian government's State Defence Sector Plan called for urgent measures to meet the skills shortage in defence.

"The establishment of the new centre consolidates our core capabilities in modelling and simulation, operational analysis, and network analysis to support the emerging needs of the defence market, and cements us as a serious long-term player in the industry."

Professor Rumsewicz says the new centre is strategically important to the University of Adelaide's closer engagement with the growing defence industry in South Australia. The University's commitment is borne out by an initial investment of $500,000 over the next three years.


DEF.NET 2006 is a one-day symposium on network-centric warfare, defence communications, and R&D.

Keynote speakers at the symposium are a 'Who's Who' of Australian defence industry, including:

  • Brigadier David Welch, Director General Integrated Capability Development, Capability Development Group
  • Graham Eveille, Director General Electronic Systems Integration, Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Neil Bryans, Deputy Chief Defence Scientist (Information & Weapon Systems), Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • Representatives from General Dynamics Systems Australia, Thales Australia, Tenix Defence, BAE Systems and Saab Systems.

A lunch-time panel discussion on the 'Challenges of Defence Upskilling' will be held from 12.45pm - 2.15pm.

If you wish to register for DEF.NET, visit or contact Dr Dushy Tissainayagam, DEF.NET 2006 Coordinator, on (08) 8303 3238.

DEF.NET 2006 is sponsored by General Dynamics Systems Australia, a major international defence contractor in Australia, CEDISC, a South Australian government initiative managed by the University of South Australia, and Adelaide Research & Innovation, the commercial development company of the University of Adelaide.

Launch of CDCIN

Where: Kelly's Room, National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide
When: 7.30am - 8.30am breakfast, Wednesday 22 November
Who: University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor James McWha
Major General Jim Molan

DEF.NET 2006 symposium

Where: DeCastella's Room, National Wine Centre, Hackney Road, Adelaide
When: 9.00am - 5.30pm, Wednesday 22 November

NOTE: Media are welcome to attend. Media passes can be collected from the registration desk at the National Wine Centre.


Contact Details

Professor Michael Rumsewicz
Director, Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking
Director, TRC Mathematical Modelling
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 6919
Mobile: 0417 139 030

Dr Dushy Tissainayagam
Business Manager
Centre for Defence Communications & Information Networking
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3238
Mobile: 0402 565 266
Fax: +61 8 8313 4395

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762