Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today announced that the Department of Defence has contracted Thales Australia to deliver Defence’s Next Generation Desktop capability pilot.
Thales Australia was appointed through a competitive two-stage tender process, which was contested by consortia from the Australian IT industry.
The next generation desktop project will allow for Defence’s Restricted and Secret networks to be presented on a single desktop, supported by consolidated and centralised data centre infrastructure.
“The pilot program will involve upgrades to 500 Defence workstations, ahead of a full roll out to an estimated 100,000 desktops,” Mr Snowdon said.
It is anticipated that the project will deliver substantial benefits to the Department, including increased savings on support and equipment costs, a more standardised IT environment into which applications can be more rapidly incorporated and the delivery of a multi-level security capability.
“The change will also improve the working environment for Defence staff, instead of multiple computers for different networks, clutter in workspaces will be reduced with just one computer, one keyboard, one screen and one mouse.”
The Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Yannopoulos, said the contract was a significant milestone for Defence’s Strategic Reform Program.
“The project brings Defence one step closer to achieving its multi-billion dollar information, communication and technology savings target.”
“Defence and Thales are scheduled to pilot the capability in the Defence Information Environment from early 2012,” Mr Yannopoulos said.
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon’s Office) – 02 6277 7820
Defence Media Liaison – 02 6127 1999