Universities seek role in improving national defence force

Student internships and better collaboration on research are two ideas being floated by the university sector to improve the Australian Defence Force (ADF), writes Paul Osborne for Australian Associated Press.

Universities Australia has made a submission to the independent defence strategic review, which was launched by the Albanese government in August. It said the skills shortage was plaguing the ADF and defence industry, with a shortfall of cyber security professionals alone tipped to hit up to 30,000 unfilled positions over the next four years.

Universities Australia chief Catriona Jackson said her sector had a role to play in providing extra engineers and intelligence officers as well as cyber professionals. “Without a full and skilled workforce, we will continue to see project delays and gaps in our nation’s defence, putting us at greater risk of harm,” she said.
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