The threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks against military forces and civilian populations is growing.  

Our forces must be able to:  

  • respond faster and more flexibly to CBRN events;  
  • achieve enhanced situational awareness; and  
  • manoeuvre safely, effectively and unimpeded in complex contaminated environments for prolonged periods of time. 

With the ever-growing threat of CBRN, State and non-state actors are increasingly willing to use these indiscriminate methods. Not to mention knowledge of CBR agent manufacturing processes is proliferating.  

The ADF has the ability to survive ‘the surprise’ created by CBRN weapons and improvised CBR devices, but there is a need to do more.  

STaR Shot Opportunities

  • Fast and accurate detection, identification, source localisation and monitoring of low concentrations of CBR agents at long stand-off distances and over large expanses of complex terrain. 
  • Near real-time integrated and multi-domain threat prediction, warning and reporting that is interoperable with coalition partner and civilian systems. 
  • Effective CBRN protection for individuals, groups, assets and supply chains that does not impede ADF taskforce operations and freedom of manoeuvre. 
  • Fast and effective containment of CBRN threats. 
  • Rapid and efficient decontamination of affected people, sensitive equipment, platforms and infrastructure. 
  • Significantly enhanced human resilience to exposure and exhaustion. 

How To Get Involved

The Queensland Defence and Science Alliance (QDSA) is uniquely positioned to help bring together industry partners and academia to deliver sovereign capability into the hands of the Australian Defence Force and combat such CBRN threats.  

Read on to find out what opportunities are available in CBRN and how you can get involved.  

CBRN STaR Shot News


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