Well, yes. I spent about 30 years of my life as a defence research scientist
at the Weapons Research Establishment, Salisbury SA (near Adelaide), first
known as the Long Range Weapons Establishment, and latterly, the Defence Science
and Technology Organisation. For 20 of those years I led Australian teams
working with our allies in various defence projects. Because the research
was security classified I cannot discuss it here, however I have included
a list of unclassified publications. I should just like to say that Australian
scientists made a largely unrecognized contribution to our joint security
during the Cold War.
The Preparation and checking of the Mathematical Model of a Guided
Weapons System. Proceedings of the First Australian Conference on Automatic
Computing and Data Processing. Sydney, NSW May, 1960.
Validation of Mathematical Models using Analogue Computers. Proceedings
of the Third International Conference on Analogue Computation. Opatija, Yugoslavia.
(with A. R. Cawthorne) Bloodhound Missile Evaluation. Lecture to the
Royal Aeronautical Society, London. 6 March, 1962. Journal of the Royal Aeronautical
Society Vol. 66, No. 621, September, 1962.
(with G. E. Beltrame, P. R. Benyon and M. L. Possingham) System Simulation:
The Development of Computer Models to Evaluate Weapon System Performance.
Elect. Eng. Trans. I.E. Aust. Vol. EE8, No. 1, April, 1972.
Brian J. Polomka and myself have prepared a history
of some of the work mentioned above - that done by Systems Assessment Division
on the mathematical modelling and computer simulation of guided missiles.