peter-kerr

Peter Kerr

Director of Defence

In his 30 years in Defence, Peter has carried out research on Jindalee/JORN, High Frequency (HF) Communications, Communications Electronic Warfare, Signals Intelligence and Satellite Communications, always focusing on radio frequency technology and systems.

Peter has been seconded to academia (UniSA), diplomatic posting (Counsellor Defence Science, London) and Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group (Defence Industry Division). He led the Satellite Communications Discipline at DSTO until 2010 supporting the Australian Defence Force through a research program in satellite IP networking, satellite resource management, satellite vulnerability and mobile satellite communications.

He was DST’s Program Leader for Innovation during the initial implementation of the Next Generation Technologies Fund. During this time he worked across Defence and Government and provided key contributions to the establishment of elements of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement including the Defence Innovation Hub, the Defence CRC program and the USA-Australia Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI).

In July 2018, Peter moved to the role of Scientific Advisor to Chief of Joint Operations Command, the principal scientific advisor to Headquarters JOC. This position helps focus Defence S&T contributions to the planning and execution of Defence Operations.