Australian Defence Force extends collaboration with Noetic

05 July 2021 2 min. read
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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has extended its collaboration with Noetic, focused on providing a range of defence experiments designed to test ADF’s future force structure. 

The new contract, which runs for an initial term of three years with options to extend, will see Noetic continue its long-standing partnership with the Joint Experimentation Directorate (JED) – a unit that develops procedures for joint experimentation within the Australian Defence Force. Financial details of the contract have not been disclosed. 

As part of the agreement, the management consultancy will support JED’s Forward Work Plan FY21-26. In the next three years, Noetic’s team will develop classified scenario environments, provide design and analysis for experiments, develop simulation tools, and train employees to boost the ADF’s experimentation and wargaming skills. 

Australian Defence Force extends collaboration with Noetic

Ken Snell, Noetic program lead in JED, stresses that “this is strategically important and game changing for the Australian Defence in terms of force design.” 

“We look forward to continuing our journey in collaboration with JED, through ongoing provision of our highly qualified and experienced team combined with the professional services strength of Noetic,” said Snell.

The results of experimentation, according to Noetic, will generate evidence for key decision makers, such as the vice chief of Defence Force, to make informed investment decisions around Defence’s future capabilities.

Andrew Balmaks, Noetic’s CEO commented: “This significant contract is testament to our highly capable, trustworthy, and innovative service delivery to both JED and the broader Department of Defence. We are honoured to continue this strategically important work and further strengthen our long-standing partnership with Defence.”

Canberra-headquartered Noetic is part of FTS Group, one of Australia’s larger IT services companies. 

Earlier this year, the Department of Defence selected Big Four firm Deloitte for a 10-month contract (worth $4.7 million) to support its ‘Smart Owner Initiative’. The initiative makes use of digital twin technology to cut the cost of maintaining defence systems.