To prevent strategic surprise DST monitors global trends and undertakes technology foresighting. This activity is highly relevant for the development of future capabilities under the Next Generation Technologies Fund.
The foresighting program brings together internationally recognised leaders and academic partners to consider the current defence environment, forecast future challenges and shape long-term defence vision. The Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium series, described below, is one of Next Gen Tech Fund’s headline foresighting activities.
Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium Series
The Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) Series explores and identifies opportunities and potential game-changing technology areas for the Next Gen Tech Fund. Each symposium addresses an expansive science and technology topic that is anticipated to have a major transformational or disruptive impact on defence and national security.
During the symposia the impacts of future technology developments are analysed through a range of social, ethical, legal and economic lenses. EDTAS will help inform current Next Gen Tech Fund investment decisions while also identifying and shaping future investment opportunities.
The EDTAS structure ensures internationally recognised thought leaders are brought together to work in a multidisciplinary workshop environment to enhance mutual understanding and help shape the long-term vision for the technology topic being worked on. For each EDTAS, DST, universities and industry partner together to co-host the symposium and help strategic planning.
These partnerships are formalised by contracting arrangements and memoranda of understanding. Following each EDTAS, a ‘tiger team’ comprising DST, industry and academia produces a report outlining the events and outcomes of the symposium. This report is influential in Defence strategic planning and Next Gen Tech Fund investment decisions, and informs national debate around technology.