Announcing the alliance, the Federal Government’s Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, said IBM and DSTO will collaborate in the highly specialised technology areas of cyber security, analytics and cognitive computing.
The agreement was signed today in Canberra by the Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky and Glenn Wightwick, Director, IBM Research, Australia.
Dr Zelinsky said the alliance was an opportunity to strengthen the ADF’s capabilities in cyber security.
Glenn Wightwick said IBM welcomed the chance to contribute to Defence capability in emerging technologies.
“IBM has a long history of driving innovation – from the invention of the barcode to the creation of cognitive computing systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own.
“Our researchers push the boundaries of science and technology to make the world work better. IBM has a strong relationship with the Australian Defence Force and we are pleased to be able to collaborate with the DSTO on this important work.”
The assistant Minister said Defence operated in an increasingly complex and challenging technology environment and “has to pursue collaborative opportunities with organisations such as IBM Australia to meet Australia’s national security needs.”
“The government encourages such strategic collaborations to ensure Defence technology remains at the cutting edge.”