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New initiative to improve systems integration.

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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement

Thursday, 22 January 2009 008/2009


The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, Greg Combet, today announced a new initiative aimed at improving the management of complex defence projects.

“Systems integration issues are a known cause of significant delays in major defence acquisitions and platform upgrades,” Mr Snowdon said.

“This new venture has been established to enhance the way that integration risks are identified, understood and managed.”

The new organisation will be known as the Defence Systems Integration Technical Advisory (DSI - TA) and is a joint venture between the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

Mr Combet said that the new unit would monitor and assess integration risks, and provide advice to project teams and decision-makers.

The unit’s work is also expected to include examination of complex systems integration issues, performing systems engineering analysis and evaluating alternative capability solutions.

“It is expected to contribute significantly to these organisations’ ability to deliver first-rate capabilities to the Australian Defence Force, on time and on budget,” Mr Combet said.

“In line with recommendations of both the Kinnaird and Mortimer reviews, it is also expected to further enhance the interaction between DMO and DSTO and contribute to Defence’s risk reduction efforts in the early stages of major projects leading up to final Government approval.”

The new unit will be led by Dr ‘Nanda’ Nandagopal and will initially be based at DSTO Edinburgh in South Australia.

Dr Nandagopal joined Defence in 1989 and has been heavily involved in military experimentation and systems testing and development. His full biography is available on the DMO website at

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664