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.
Lee has over 20 years’ of experience in the technology arena working with leading international intelligence, cybersecurity, technology and innovation companies. Lee served in the Australian Government and Defence sectors for over 10 years, delivering security solutions and technology advancements to ensure the capability and national character of Australia was upheld. Lee has an honourable and longstanding military career serving on HM Submarines (SSN & SSBN) and continues to make valuable contributions to the national security and defence arena for The Five Eyes (FVEY) Nations.
Demonstrating a proven track record of achievement in the delivery of cutting-edge communication and technologies across the Government and Commercial ICT sectors, Lee is privileged and energised to drive Department 13 into a new era of C-UAS and cUAS capabilities around the globe.
Lee held the position of Head of National Security & Federal Government for BAE Applied Intelligence prior to joining Department 13.
Stephen is responsible for the implementation of business operations, establishing policies that promote company culture and vision, and overseeing the operations of the company and the work of executives.
Stephen is experienced in Service Delivery Management and Operations including having been in IT management in various leadership roles for over 20 years. Stephen is experienced in staff management and recognising business priorities and enjoys the challenge of aligning resources to meet the business demand.
Stephen has experience in information technology, project management, infrastructure, telecommunications, training and service delivery management in government and private sectors, both locally and internationally.
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.
Internationally experienced research scientist, innovator, mentor, leader, engineer and diversity advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the aviation and aerospace industry, Joni is passionate about utilising real-time machine controls in emerging technologies in aerospace applications within the Australian market.
With an eclectic career specialising in scientific research, major research and development programs, flight test demonstrations and development of new products and systems, Joni is skilled in systems engineering, program management, agile development, risk management, controls, simulations, aerodynamics and software.
As the Executive Officer to Department 13, Catherine provides a high-level of support directly to the CEO as well as across all functions of the business. Catherine’s experience contains a blend of human resources, governance, project, and executive support, with a passion and a natural talent for human resources. She oversees the day-to-day functions of the workplace and is committed to supporting the business and its employees as it expands and continues to grow.
Catherine brings more than eight years of corporate experience, and found her three years working for the Australian Federal Police incredibly valuable, gaining expert knowledge and experience working in secure operational environments.
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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.
Jonathan has been with Department 13 since it’s inception and is an expert in counter-drone technology. Having spent 20 years in the defence, federal law enforcement and commercial sectors delivering capabilities to defeat Improvised Explosive Devices, clients appreciate his extensive experience in field and military applications. Jonathan also served as an advisor to the Chinese Olympics, National Academy of Sciences, National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board, and the National Tactical Officers Association.
Jonathan is a former U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Officer with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Bosnia. He is a Bronze Star Award recipient for actions in combat.
To find out how Department 13 technology can assist you and your specific requirements, contact us for an initial confidential conversation.