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Defence Innovation Hub reaches major milestone

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne made the announcement and said the investments are part of the government’s commitment to using the defence dollar locally to grow the industry and simultaneously develop new capabilities.

“The Defence Innovation Hub is crucial in delivering the government s $1.6 billion commitment to develop local defence capability,” said Minister Pyne.

“The first three investments, totalling $887,000, will help Australian industry to mature and further develop defence technologies which will create jobs and drive economic growth.

“A $618,000 contract signed with Newcastle-based firm Armor Composite Engineering will provide a low profile body armour system, which could be used by personnel in close protection roles.

“This innovation will seek to mature technology which will improve protection for Australian Defence Force members and ensure we keep up with new and emerging threats.”

The second investment is with SYPAQ Systems, which will provide a small, deployable power generator that could be a game changer for soldiers in hotspots around the world.

“Melbourne-based SYPAQ Systems has signed a $172,000 contract with Defence to provide a small, lightweight, next generation power generator tailored to land environments which can be used by individual soldiers and vehicle-based forces,” the minister said.

“A $97,000 contract between Defence and Sydney-based Berkeley Information Technology will provide a software solution to support the protection of documents used on Defence information and communication systems.”

Defence is hopeful that, in an increasing cyber threat environment, this technology has the potential to negate unintentional data breaches as well as malicious insider attacks.

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal here[1].

Defence Innovation Hub Reaches Major Milestone

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Defence Innovation Hub makes first 3 investments

Defence Innovation Hub Makes First 3 Investments

Sypaq Systems deployable power generator capability could be a game changer for soldiers in hotspots around the world. Credit: Sypaq Systems

27 Jun 2017

The Government’s Defence Innovation Hub has made its first three investments since the launch of the program in December 2016, allocating 887,000 in funding to three SMEs. A $618,000 contract signed with Newcastle-based firm Armor Composite Engineering will provide a low profile body armour system, which could be used by personnel in close protection roles.

This innovation will seek to mature technology which will improve protection for ADF members and ensure we keep up with new and emerging threats, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said. Melbourne-based SYPAQ Systems[1] has signed a $172,000 contract with Defence to provide a small, lightweight next generation power generator tailored to land environments which can be used by individual soldiers and vehicle-based forces.

SYPAQ Sensors and Surveillance general manager Ross Osborne said the company is proud to be partnering with a Tasmanian SME Currawong Engineering to develop the generator.

This small, lightweight power generator has the potential to be a game-changer for deployable Army capability, he added.

A $97,000 contract between Defence and Sydney-based Berkeley Information Technology will provide a software solution to support the protection of documents used on Defence information and communication systems

Industry and research organisations can continue to submit proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at www.business.gov.au/cdic[2].

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Neighborhood watch group formed for nuns dealing with harassment

Neighborhood Watch Group Formed For Nuns Dealing With Harassment

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Neighborhood Watch Group Formed For Nuns Dealing With Harassment

POST FALLS, Idaho A group of nuns at St. Dominic s School and Convent near Post Falls, Idaho, are getting help Monday after dealing with harassment. Last week, KREM 2 found out about how the sisters have been getting harassed for years by teenagers and young adults. After our story aired, several parents at the school reached out and formed a neighborhood watch group. Even people from across the country contacted the nuns. One person in New York reached out to express concern about what was going on.

Before the neighborhood watch group was formed, the only security the nuns had at St. Dominic s were cameras. Now, they are getting a helping hand from the community. The new watch group is made up of 18 men, some of whom are not associated with the school at all. Every night, at least two volunteers will be at the gates keeping an eye out for any of the trespassing teenagers who verbally assault the nuns.

“Have they nothing better to do with their lives?” asked volunteer Michael Powers. Last week, a group walked around the convent grounds, cussing and banging window shutters as nuns slept inside.

A car pulled in, and someone pulled his out of the passenger side and started shouting obscenities at me. Really vulgar things, said Sister Marie Stella.

Powers added, “It’s alarming because you’ve got young girls and women who reside here.”

After that incident and KREM 2 s story, the sisters at St. Dominic s now have their own guardian angels so to speak. The watch group wanted to let the teenagers know that they do not want any trouble, they just want them to stay home and leave the nuns and the convent alone.

“I would say: just stay away. Just go find something useful with your life to do,” said Powers. Another member of the watch group said they hope to hire a full-time security guard in the future.

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Neighborhood Watch Group Formed For Nuns Dealing With Harassment

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Local nuns complain of ongoing harassment