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By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
IDEAS from soldiers could form the
basis of future battlefield technolo-
gies with the launch of a DRN portal
for the Army Science and Technology
Scientific Adviser-Army Tim
Bussell and the Head of Strategic
Effects of Emerging Technology, Paul
Gaertner, from the Defence Science
and Technology Organisation (DSTO),
developed The Army Research and
Development Ideas Site (TARDIS) and
launched it late last year.
Mr Bussell said the purpose of the
site was to provide a mechanism for
Defence personnel to suggest technolo-
gies that may enhance or modernise the
Army's land capability.
"We are encouraging all Defence
staff, not just DSTO staff, to put their
thinking caps on and look at ways to
enhance land capability through the
smart use of technology," he said.
"DSTO is looking for technological
solutions -- anything from software to
hardware that draws on physical and
"We are particularly keen to hear
from ARA and ARes personnel who
have a diverse range of experience and
an understanding of land capability."
TARDIS is accessed via
Army's SharePoint and Scientific
Adviser- Army DSTO websites.
"Before TARDIS, we received
suggestions via the Army Suggestion
Scheme. But we are highlighting the
need for suggestions we can accept
with minimal formality," Mr Bussell
"In the past, proposals have covered
a broad range of topics from improve-
ments to hand tools to novel applica-
tions of communications technologies.
TARDIS provides a simple alterna-
tive for the submission of technology
He said TARDIS did not require a
formal submission, just a clear state-
ment including the idea and how it may
benefit Army capability.
To post a suggestion, select the TARDIS site
from the list at http://teamweb/sites/ahq/
mspdivision/snt/ on the DRN.
Soldiers can help with future research
Input welcome: DSTO researchers responsible for developing Defence's future technologies have opened an
online portal as a means for soldiers to offer ideas for research direction.
Photo by LAC Terry Hartin
MAJ David Evans will have the sad duty
of "turning out the lights" on a long-
term exchange posting with the Royal
Engineers when his tenure ends this
The exchange posting to the Royal
Military School of Engineers (RMSE)
has been running since 1948 -- first for
instructors at captain rank and then
changing to the senior instructor major
position in 1971.
During its 63-year history, then Capt
John Sanderson (1968-70) and then Maj
Ken Gillespie (1985-87) both served in
the posting before eventually going on to
become Chiefs of Army.
Maj Evans said that it was the end
of an era but the present RAE WO2
exchange posting would keep the
exchange link with the RMSE alive and
He said the RAE had gained valuable
experience from the exchange and serv-
ing as a senior instructor at the British
school was evidence of the respect held
for the Australians.
"Allowing an exchange officer to head
up such fundamentally important work,
one can soon gain an appreciation of how
much trust and respect the British Army
has given to this post," Maj Evans said.
Former RAE Maj Doug Wren (1999-
2001) enjoyed the experience so much
that soon after returning to Australia he
transferred to the British Army and is
presently serving as a lieutenant colonel.
Maj Evans is presently employed as
Senior Instructor Manoeuvre Support and
had continued to enjoy support from the
"I not only still remain intimately
involved in instructing many of the RE's
young officers, SNCOs and WO2s, but I
am also part of a doctrine development
team that is continuing to draw from
many of the hard fought lessons from
Helmand province," he said.
"I have been embraced as an equal
in every respect of the word and have
watched with interest the demands of
ongoing operations in Afghanistan as
well as new operations in Libya, during
a time when the British Army is reducing
and facing a financially austere future."
exchange at an end
Exchange rate: Maj David Evans instructs trainee engineers at the UK's
Royal Military School of Engineers during his exchange posting last year.
Photo by Ian Clowes
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