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Chapter 13

I Colonial Origins

II First World War

III Between The World Wars

IV The Second World War

V Post-second World War

VI After The Joint Project
i Change at Salsbury and Woomera
ii An Australian Empire
iii Multi-National Collaboration
iv Re-Organisation
v Applied Research in the 70s and 80s
vi Armour
vii Organic Materials
viii Aeronautics
ix Surveillance, Detection and Information

VII Science And Decisions At The Top

VIII Armed Services Technology

IX New Tasks And Projects

X Transfer Of Research And Development

XI Acknowledgement



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An Australian Empire

The Salisbury laboratories were now to be applied to Australian development work and to technology transfer. Other facilities that became available were the electronic laboratories and the systems analysis groups. While the other laboratories at Maribyrnong, Fishermen's Bend and Alexandria had continued to serve the Australian Defence forces, the availability of the Salisbury laboratories forced a re-think of Defence Department attitudes to the scientific resources it needed.

The initial step in this was the appointment of a Chief Defence Scientist in the Department of Defence to make a contribution to planning, the formulation of defence policy, and to give assistance to the individual Services on the formulation of their equipment requirements. (The previous Chief Scientist, Dr W. A. S. Butement, had been in the Department of Supply.) This administrative change had the considerable advantage of associating science and innovative technology more closely with the defence planners and the forces. Since the laboratories had remained in the Department of Supply, however, the arrangement had the considerable disadvantage of separating the policy for defence science from the administration of its research establishments. (This was to be corrected later -see section below.)

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Australia. Department of Defence; Weapons Research Establishment (W.R.E.)

People in Bright Sparcs - Butement, Dr W. A. S.

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