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Anthony has been employed by the Defence Science and Technology Group (formerly the Defence Science & Technology Organisation or DSTO) of the Australian Department of Defence for more than 20 years. For the bulk of this time he has conducted research in the field of Electronic Warfare. He is currently the Research Leader responsible for leading the Spectrum Sensing & Shaping capability area in DST Group Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division (CEWD). His research interests include adaptive and cognitive EWRF signal processing and the application of model based design techniques to the development of wideband digital EW systems. From May 2014 until October 2016, Dr Szabo was the Group Leader RF Electronic Attack (RFEA) in DST Group Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division (CEWD). During this time he was responsible for leading a team of 16 scientist, engineers and technical staff conducting research on advanced electronic attack techniques and technologies.

He was also responsible for leading and managing ERD2-EA & ES Technology under the Growler Co-operative Capability Enhancement Program (GCCEP) and for leading the RF S&T component of the Countermeasures Development & Validations (CMD&V) program.

From April 2010 until May 2014, Anthony was the Head of the Information Access group in DSTO’s Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Division (C3ID). During this time Dr Szabo was responsible for leading a team of 14 staff conducting research and development on bespoke communications systems for the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). He was also the Project S&T Advisor for SEA 500 Phase 3 – ANZAC Communications ES, and SEA 555 Phase 7 – Force Level EW. From January 2007 to February 2010, he was the Counsellor for Defence Science at the Australian High Commission in London, UK.

During this time he was responsible for providing leadership for Australian defence S&T interactions with the UK, the NATO Research & Technology Organisation, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Spain. He also arranged a number of senior and ministerial visits, negotiated and/or facilitated several new bilateral S&T agreements and programs, and facilitated the posting of almost 20 DSTO staff on attachments to the UK and Europe.

During February - April 2010, Anthony was on short term attachment to the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, investigating mechanism for the co-operative sharing of strategic facilities between Australia and the UK. From November 2000 until January 2007, Dr Szabo was the Head of the RF Seekers (RFS) Group in DSTO’s Weapons Systems Division (WSD) . In this role he was responsible for about 20 engineers, scientists and technical staff tasked with the delivery of S&T support to the Australian Defence Force on RF Seekers and Fuzes. During this time, RFS was responsible for S&T support in relation to the introduction-into-service and service support of AMRAAM and ESSM. Dr Szabo also led research programs on an advanced naval weapon concept, advanced RF seekers and RF environmental effects. From September 1993 until November 2000, Dr Szabo was a member of the Electronic Countermeasures and RF Countermeasures groups of DSTO’s Electronic Warfare Division (EWD). His research during this time focussed on counter-surveillance and counter-targeting techniques and technologies for application in the Land and Maritime environments. He also spent 15 months posted to the Naval EW Systems Department, located at DERA Portsdown West in the UK.
Anthony is married to Mary and has three children: Sophie, Timothy and Hannah. He is an avid reader, and a keen cornet and trumpet player.