CASPER Seminar Series presents Brett Biddington

DateSeptember 22, 2014
Time9:00 - 10:00 am
LocationBRIC 3160
DescriptionBrett Biddington, Australia

Title: Space Activities in Australia: Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities.


Space systems lie at the heart of Australia's alliance relationship with the United States. They are pivotal to our national strategy yet rarely discussed in these terms. At the operational level the workhorse applications of space - communications, Earth observation and position, navigation and timing (PNT) are increasingly understood as elements of virtual critical infrastructure on which the whole world depends. The nature and utility of these systems, is not well-known or understood and nor are the associated vulnerabilities.

This talk will describe Australia's space journey and explain how Australia's place and geography is opening new possibilities for space development some of which may be vital to the security of the space environment into the future. National, alliance and global security interests are converging in interesting and challenging ways.


Brett Biddington is the founder of a Canberra-based consulting company which specialises in space and cyber security matters.

He is:

  • Chair of the Local Organising Committee, which is bidding to bring the International Astronautical Congress to Adelaide Australia in 2017

  • a member of the board of the recently established Space Environment Research Centre

  • a former Chair, now member of the Executive of the Space Industry Association of Australia.

Between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of Cisco Systems' global space team. He is the immediate past chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and sits on several boards and advisory committees that are concerned with the governance of Australian space activities.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute in the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.
From 2004-2009, Brett was closely associated with the governance of radio astronomy in Australia. He has also been involved in Australia's commitment to astronomy in Antarctica.

In 2002 Brett left the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on completion of almost 23 years of service. He was an intelligence and security specialist before moving into capability development. There he sponsored command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare projects including the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar project and classified and unclassified space initiatives.

Please join us for breakfast reception at 8:30am in BRIC 3160

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