Australia — Next generation desktop for Defence

Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, War­ren Snow­don, today announced that Gov­ern­ment has giv­en First Pass Approval to the Depart­ment of Defence for the deliv­ery of the Next Gen­er­a­tion Desk­top for Defence.

Mr Snow­don said this is a sig­nif­i­cant Defence project and a crit­i­cal part of the Strate­gic Reform Pro­gram. It will make use of thin client and appli­ca­tion vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion tech­nol­o­gy to deliv­er more effec­tive use of Defence’s Infor­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­o­gy resources. 

Some key ben­e­fits antic­i­pat­ed from the Next Gen­er­a­tion Desk­top Project are increased sav­ings on sup­port and equip­ment costs, enhanced deliv­ery of soft­ware upgrades and the intro­duc­tion of new appli­ca­tions to the Defence Infor­ma­tion Envi­ron­ment, and the deliv­ery of a mul­ti-lev­el secu­ri­ty capability.

Defence will now engage with indus­try in order to pro­ceed with a pilot. The pilot will assist Defence to con­firm its detailed require­ments and costs for the full imple­men­ta­tion of the Next Gen­er­a­tion Desktop. 

“This project will have pos­i­tive indus­try out­comes, and also reduce ener­gy con­sump­tion in Defence. Invest­ment in Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy reform is crit­i­cal to Defence, and this project will deliv­er the next gen­er­a­tion of desk­tops for the depart­ment”, Mr Snow­don said. 

Media con­tacts:
Alice Plate (Min­is­ter Snowdown’s Office): 0400 045 999 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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