Established over a decade ago by a team of highly regarded military experts, Department 13 applied the laws of physics and advanced patent technologies to create highly intelligent aerial surveillance systems, customised anti-drone protection and counter UAS solutions that monitor and manage the low altitude airspace above restricted areas – protecting critical assets, intellectual property and most importantly, people.
Department 13’s drone detection and defence systems, counter drone solutions, and management and mitigation technologies work ahead of the curve to strategically protect and improve safety, security, efficiency, and automation opportunities - transforming operations across a diverse range of systems, industries, and countries.
Department 13 originated in the US opening its doors to the market in 2010 and was privately acquired by Australian owners in February 2020.
Since redefining Department 13 into the advanced drone technology commercial entity the new owners and management thought it was always destined to be, the new Australian business relaunched with one employee and now boasts a team of 30+ highly skilled and technical employees who are backed by incredible degrees, experience, honour and valour that would make any Australian proud.
Rebuilding Department 13 as a global company, with clients across many nations, the official head office is based in the Australian capital city of Canberra and has brought Department 13 home. Developing recognised and trusted sovereign capabilities, the team at Department 13 works in confidence with clients to deliver world-leading counter UAV and UAS technology to government and commercial enterprises that align with Department 13’s vision and mission.
Our vision is to be the world's number one ecosystem for enabling remote machine operations, through unparalleled control and awareness of your autonomous UAS and UAV workforce.
Our mission is to be industry thought leaders who persistently create leading technology and leverage alliances and platforms to enable the operational transformation of commercial and government customers.
Our talented and dedicated team members underpin our success in the drone technology market.
Darren has 25 years of experience working within Defence and Aviation industries, delivering technology and service-based solutions aimed at improving safety and efficiency in air space management. Darren also served for 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy.
With a broad range of business acumen, project management, field engineering, and technical experience, Darren is primed to lead Department 13.
Darren takes pride in supporting, empowering, and mentoring the people he works with, to provide benefits both to the company and in achieving their career goals.
Ben's career has spanned multiple disciplines covering both commercial and government environments with a focus on research and development of commercial audio software and hardware - and now drone technology.
As a passionate technologist, Ben has proven experience in leading global technical teams to commercial success, and is making the Department 13 tech team think strategically to encourage innovation and excellence.
A highly skilled and driven professional with 15 years of experience in the aviation industry, Mitch has a wide range of technical capabilities which include flying aircraft and Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems (RPAS), as well as leadership, education and industry advisory roles. He is driven to provide quality service and outcomes and has proven experience developing and delivering aviation training packages in a range of private and government sectors.
Having worked as a Chief Remote Pilot for multiple organisations, Mitch can strategically coordinate RPAS operations and support organisations to meet CASA regulations while optimising business targets and is dedicated to maintaining safety and industry standards.
Formally trained in strategic communications, Rhianna has over a decade of experience in public relations, marketing, advertising, design, business development and operations management.
She thrives on innovative projects that champion change and deliver results, and has worked extensively in leading Australian media organisations, educational institutes, government and for import/export entities across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.
To find out how Department 13 technology can assist with your specific requirements, contact us for a confidential discussion.