Wollongong has a proud history of providing innovative defence technology and services to the Australian and global defence industries. The region has a unique range of capabilities in design, engineering and manufacturing that are applicable across joint Land, Sea and Air domains. Many Wollongong companies supply specialised services and products to Defence primes and contracts. The armoured steel plate for the Air Warfare Destroyer program was manufactured in Wollongong by BlueScope Steel and Bisalloy.

Several world class research institutes at the University of Wollongong are enhancing the region's Defence credentials. These include;

Defence Materials Technology Centre
In 2008 the Defence Materials Technology Centre at the University of Wollongong was established. A key project of the DMTC has been the development of improved ballistic and blast protection properties in armour steel used in the Australia developed Bushmaster personnel carriers.

Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
Established as a partnership between the Royal Australian Navy and University of Wollongong in 1994, the Australian National Centre is Australia's leading research, education and training institute in ocean affairs and maritime security.The Centre has grown to be the world's largest institute of its type and provides its services to over 50 countries. It maintains a strong relationship with the Australian ROyal Navy and the Department of Defence.

Centre for Computer & Information Security Research
Established in the 1990’s the University of Wollongong Centre for Computer & Information Security Research has an international reputation as being at the forefront of cyber security research. It partners with many commercial organisations with an increasing focus on cutting edge cyber security research. The Centre works closely with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO). The Centre has received DSTO funding to undertake research in several specialised system security fields. Research is undertaken in a Security Infrastructure Lab that is located in the SMART Infrastructure building on the UOW campus.

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