Brett Biddington

Founder and Principal of Biddington Research Pty Ltd (BRPL)

Brett Biddington is the Founder and Principal of Biddington Research Pty Ltd (BRPL), which is a Canberra-based consultancy that specialises in space and cyber security matters from policy, advocacy and national capacity development perspectives, including in education.

Brett is an independent Director of the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC) which is seeking ways to mitigate space debris proliferation through the use of ground-based lasers. He is also a director of Tyvak Australia Pty Ltd, a company that builds and operates small satellites. He has recently completed an engagement with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability promoting and facilitating the involvement of Australian companies in the supply chain of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project.

In 2019, he retired as a Director of the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS), a “think tank” that addresses the long-term national security challenges faced by Australia and the Asia Pacific region. IFRS has published reports that he has written or to which he has contributed about space, maritime domain awareness and cyber security.

He was responsible, on behalf of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), for organizing the 68th International Astronautical Congress, one of the world’s largest annual space conference (4,500 delegates), which was held in Adelaide in September 2017.

He is a past chair of the SIAA and sits on several advisory boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia’s space and astronomy activities. Also, he is closely associated with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) in Melbourne. See: www.vssec.vic.edu.au.

Between 2002 and 2009 he was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team and prior to that he served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for almost 23 years.

He was the senior intelligence officer and later the Provost Marshal (head of policing and security) of the RAAF before moving into capability development. There he sponsored a two billion dollars portfolio of projects in the command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare domains. This included the Jindalee Over-the-horizon Radar Network (JORN) project and classified and unclassified space and cyber initiatives.

Brett was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2019 for a thesis entitled, Space Security in the 21st Century: Roles, Responsibilities and Opportunities for Australia.

He holds an Adjunct Professorial appointment in the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

In June 2012 he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Australian space sector.