Technology-based acquisition strategies for the future Defence Force
Mthobisi Clyde Zondi
Zondi is the Chief Defence Materiel at the Department of Defence responsible for armaments acquisition, industry support, research and development, technology management and oversight of procurement agency. He has an MSc in mechanical engineering, an MSc in transport economics, an MSc in logistics management and an MBA degree. Before joining the department in 2008, Zondi was a mechanical engineer in the private sector working on large infrastructure projects. He then moved into operations and worked as divisional head of companies like Transnet Port Terminals and PetroSA. Zondi has more than 15 years experience at executive management level.
About the talk: The role of a defence science, engineering and technology (DSET) capability is to translate the requirements of military forces into accurate specifications, and to test, evaluate or optimise equipment to perform effectively. In the acquisition environment, technology is used to inform decisions. Beyond assessing current readiness of weapon systems, the DSET capability shapes the future technology posture by demonstrating and evaluating new and emerging technologies, their suitability and effectiveness in future, ever-changing scenarios.
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