Determining intent – In complex environments involving a range of military and civilian actors, from a variety of cultural backgrounds, we need to be able to determine the intent of adversaries from posture, movement, emissions and stance prior to overt aggressive action.


Fifty years ago, major technological developments were primarily driven by the space race and the Cold War. Today, almost all technology development, derived from current global S&T investment, is driven by the consumer market. Advanced technology development, once the realm of government laboratories, is now carried out to a large extent in the civil and commercial sectors. As technology continues to be driven by market needs, exploitation of technology to meet defence and security needs will require an increasing focus and understanding of emerging technologies and their opportunities and impacts on the future of Defence and Security. As well as increased understanding of the evolving physical and social environments in which Defence operates.

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