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Our warfighters are bombarded with an ever-expanding smorgasbord of actionable, rich and diverse tactical information.

(L-R): Rhett Hull (DST STEM cadet), Jack Taylor (DST STEM summer vacation student) and Luke Smith (DST STEM cadet)

Each year in December dozens of undergraduate STEM students head to DST Group sites for paid summer vacation placements. Here’s one example.

Invasive ventilators are playing a crucial role in the care of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Bushmaster armoured vehicle.

Ever wondered what happens if you blow up a fluid-filled container? Creative thinkers from Defence have shown that water can help protect armoured vehicles from bomb blasts.

High-end sensor technology has proven to be an invaluable tool in firefighting efforts.

It is regarded as one of the most significant algorithms of the past 50 years, a method of enabling estimation in the midst of uncertainty: the particle filter.

Hunting for mines at sea is a dangerous and tiring job for humans, but it's all in a day's work for robotic vehicles equipped with sonar and advanced software.

Defence is marking this year's National Science Week by highlighting how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) keeps Australians safe.