Terms of Reference

The potential use by the Australian Defence Force of unmanned air, maritime and land platforms, with particular reference to:

(a) their role in intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance operations, including in support of border security, civil emergencies and regional cooperation;

(b) their cost- and combat-effectiveness in relation to conventional military platforms;

(c) the Government‘s force structure review and defence capability plan;

(d) challenges, opportunities and risks associated with their deployment;

(e) domestic and international legal, ethical and policy considerations;

(f) research and development capabilities and Australia‘s industrial expertise;

(g) transport, health and air safety implications; and

(h) other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
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