Brett Biddington is a consultant to government and the private sector. He provides advice on space matters and has more general interests in community resilience and risk management, notably in the electronic information and cyber security domains. He also addresses broader questions of leadership, strategy, culture, and organisational design against backgrounds of uncertainty and change.
Between 2002 and 2009 Brett was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team which was responsible for developing the Internet Router In Space (IRIS) program which saw a software router launched on a commercial satellite in November 2009.
Brett chairs the Space Industry Association of Australia. He also sits on several boards and advisory committees including:
- Space Industry Innovation Council (Member)
- Kokoda Foundation (Director)
- Giant Magellan Telescope Project Oversight Committee (Member)
- Advisory Board of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia (Member)
- DefenceSA Space Advisory Group (Member)
He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Brett is also completing a PhD with the Australian Centre for Astrobiology under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Walter.
From 2004 until recently, Brett was closely associated with the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project and with the governance of Australia's current suite of radio telescopes. He has also been involved in Australia's commitment to astronomy in Antarctica.
In 2002 Brett left the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on completion of almost 23 years of service. He was an intelligence and security specialist before moving into the capability development arena where he sponsored a wide range of command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare projects. These included the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar project and a number of classified and unclassified space initiatives. He also sponsored a substantial portfolio of research within the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
He has written two reports (2008, 2010) about Australia’s space activities for the Kokoda Foundation.
Brett holds a BA(Hons) degree, majoring in politics. He was a member of the Australian Diplomatic Service and a lecturer in politics and public administration at the Canberra College of Advanced Education before joining the RAAF.