technical solutions to tactical problems

Layer 3 Services

Who We Are

Layer 3 Services imagines, designs and develops systems to support small combat teams. The systems provide command and control for platoon to squad sized units enabling dominance of the immediate battle space.

The systems are all based on low-power RF communications that are limited to the immediate area and are undetectable beyond the immediate battle space.

The system elements are common in design and function, reducing training and maintenance commitments. The elements are small and intended to integrate and replace existing capabilities without adding additional weight or bulk to the already loaded combat team members.

The L3S systems enhance the capability of the front-edge combat teams and it's focus is Platoon Based Initiatives.

Nigel French


Following a twelve year career in the British Army, Nigel joined the Federal Police and specialised in the then emerging Counter Terrorism responsibilities of the AFP. After transferring to the AFP Bureau of Criminal intelligence as an analyst, he joined PSCC, later part of the A-G's Department. His work was focussed in the CT Ops and Planning section. In 1989 French, was invited to manage a commercial company selling EOD equipment and services to State and Federal government LEA and the ADF. Having acquired the company it was listed on the ASX in 2007.

Donald S Williams CPP ASecM


Don Williams is a recognised leader in the field of integrated security management. He received the Australian Security Medal in 2013 and is the author of more than 130 publications on security, risk and emergency management.

Don was a bomb disposal technician with the Australian Army for more than 20 years, including three years as the Defence Technical Liaison Officer at the Australian Federal Police's Bomb Data Centre and two years with the British Army. He was also awarded the Certificate of Olympic Merit as the Bomb Risk Manager and Strategic Bomb Intelligence Officer for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Don holds qualifications and certification in security and related disciplines including:

He is also honoured to be a Member or Board Member of:

Mark Alston

In memoriam.

Mark was a two time recipient of the Herbert Lott Innovation and Invention Award — a prestigious award given to serving Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel who have developed equipment or processes which are of direct use and value to the Service.

Alston was in the Royal Marines for 16 years as a Signaller, then as a Technician. In his last 4 years he was seconded to Director General Surface Weapons Navy, where he became the technical lead for communications and crypto for the amphibious warfare vessels.

On leaving the Marines Alston joined Redifon Ltd working on the minor war vessels and later type 23 frigates. Alston was the test and trials manager for HMAS Melbourne Internal and external communications after which Alston moved to Australia, joined Xtek Pty Ltd. He worked in the senior management area of security of high profile events. Project and technical area of Blaser Weapons, IED/EOD Robots and RF initiators, also leading ILS where required. Leaving XTEK Alston Joined Fire Control and project managed the CROWS equipment. With Rheinmetall Mann Alston did his Prince2 Project Management Course and was the technical lead on sub contracts for Land 121 supply.