Brett Biddington is the founder of Canberra-based consulting company, Biddington Research Pty Ltd which specialises in space and cyber security matters and provides advice to Government and the private sector on policy, advocacy and national capacity development perspectives.
He is the immediate past chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and sits on several boards and committees concerned with the governance of Australia’s space and astronomy activities and with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.
In June 2012 Brett was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Australian space sector.
Brett is an Adjunct Professor in the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and was an independent director of the Satellite Systems CRC that built and operated FEDSAT. He is also a Director and Treasurer of the Kokoda Foundation which is a Canberra-based “think tank” that addresses the long term national security challenges faced by Australia.
Brett was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team between 2002 and 2009 performing a long term market creation role. The team’s principal focus was to encourage all involved in space activities to move to open data and communications standards and to take advantage of internet technologies wherever possible. The team was responsible for developing the Internet Router In Space (IRIS) program and a software router was launch on a commercial satellite, as a secondary payload, in November 2009.
Other board and relevant appointments
• The Kokoda Foundation (board member and treasurer)
• Giant Magellan Telescope Project Oversight Committee (member)
• Advisory board of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia (member)
• Advisory board of the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, Perth WA
• Advisory board of the Mars Yard project at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (formerly the Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney (member)
• Advisory Board of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Melbourne (member)
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 capability development. There he sponsored command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare projects including the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar project and classified and unclassified space initiatives.