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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate


Friday, 25 February 2005 33/2005


Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) combat systems scientist Dr Todd Mansell was today presented the 2004 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science by Defence Minister Robert Hill.

Senator Hill said Dr Mansell was awarded for his outstanding contribution to maritime operations, especially his role in the replacement of the combat system for the Collins Class submarine.

The award was presented at a function in DSTO Edinburgh, north of Adelaide.

Senator Hill said Dr Mansell was responsible for significant national and international achievements in information fusion, network centric warfare experimentation and naval combat systems engineering.

“Dr Mansell led the development of software programs that have improved the quality of information available to naval command teams,” Senator Hill said

“He has also been the driving force behind the use of virtual environments to conduct coalition network centric warfare maritime experiments.”

Senator Hill said Dr Mansell’s most notable achievement was his role in establishing the remediation program for the Collins Class submarine and his work with the Navy to bring the boats to operational capability.

Dr Mansell and his team helped to successfully install US Navy combat system equipment on three Collins submarines.

Senator Hill also presented international awards for excellence in defence science to a large group of DSTO researchers.

The annual awards are presented as part of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) - Australia’s most important collaborative agreement in defence science involving the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The research being recognised covers aircraft repairs, helicopter health monitoring systems, sharing and managing information, detection and identification of radar threats, performance of soldiers and safer munitions.

“Technology continues to play an increasingly important role in ADF deployments around the world,” Senator Hill said.

“These awards recognise work that contributes significantly to the technological edge of the Australian Defence Force. They also give our defence scientists important national and international recognition and allows them to benchmark their work against the world’s best.”

A total of 19 awards were presented for activities undertaken by Australian Defence researchers during 2004

Awards were presented to:

• Dr Alan Baker, Dr Francis Rose and Mr Maxwell Davis for developing scientific guidelines to certify adhesively bonded structures for aircraft repairs.

• Dr Peter Frith, Dr David Forrester and Mr David Blunt for developing advanced technologies to monitor the health and usage of engines and drive-chains in military helicopters.

• Mr Peter George, Dr Marek Kwiatkowski, Mr Cuong Tran, Mr Tony Tyszta and Mr Rob Hunjet for developing and demonstrating a communications network management system to share information in support of coalition operations.

• Dr Stephen Elton and Dr Greg Noone for conceiving and assessing new means to discriminate and identify radar signals emanating from modern threat systems.

• Mr Chris Forbes-Ewan for nutritional research into ways to improve the operational effectiveness of military personnel during periods of sustained and continuos operations.

• Dr Chris Davis, Dr Matthew Fewell, Dr Ian Grivell and Mrs Meredith Hue for excellence in operational analysis leading to enhancements in maritime coalition network centric warfare.

• Dr Kenneth Smit for research in developing safer and more reliable grades of red phosphorus used in military pyrotechnic systems and munitions.