DTA Scientist Hema Sridhar has recently been appointed, Chief Advisor, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) at the Ministry of Defence. Hema will also continue to work with the Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand Defence Force.
Hema has over 10 years of experience in defence science and technology and expertise across the C4ISR domain including integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, radar systems, undersea warfare, satellite intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, network enabled capability and emerging and disruptive technologies. During this time, Hema has developed expertise in technology assessment and made a significant contribution to furthering several key acquisition projects.
Hema has provided extensive support to the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project including review of Request for Information/Request for Tender submissions, engagement in the multi criteria decision analysis process, development of system requirements, technical assessment of various sub-system performance capabilities, and she facilitated a signature measurement trial for the frigate in conjunction with Defence Science and Technology Group in Australia.
As the lead for the Defence Technology Agency’s radar programme, Hema has also engaged in capability definition through to introduction into service for several other acquisition programmes including the Orion radar upgrade and Project Protector Vessels remediation. More recently, she has taken on the role of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance section manager where she has applied her scientific expertise more broadly to identify and establish research projects in emerging C4ISR research areas. She is also actively engaged through the international defence science community promoting research activities to shape future C4ISR capability.
Hema also leads Defence Technology Agency’s emerging technologies efforts and has formed strong networks within the international defence and intelligence community to identify emerging technologies and threats of relevance to New Zealand Defence Force and national security. She has made scientific contributions to the Defence Assessment 2014 and Defence White Paper as well as informing several future capability projects.
Hema has a Masters of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Technology in Opto-electronics from the University of Auckland.