National Security

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The challenges facing Australia's national security networks are a clear focus for the former Canadian High Commissioner to Australia.

Australia's next war will be fought on new psychological and technical battlegrounds, says UNSW Canberra Professor Greg Austin, who has identified 19 key gaps in the nation's civil defences.

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As a resource-driven economy, Australia is not used to being at the pointy end of supply chains – and it feels as though we are managing risks and benefits of critical infrastructure on the fly.

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Australia should play to its strengths to develop and increase exports of its existing expertise in cyber security rather than other military exports, writes Greg Austin.

Cyber attack

The US and the UK realise the urgent need for serious investment in cybersecurity. So why is the Australian government taking the issue so lightly, ask Greg Austin and Jill Slay.

defence

What sets this white paper apart is the muscularity of the envisaged defence force, which bears all the hallmarks of Tony Abbott’s hard-nosed approach to defence and national security, writes Alan Dupont.

Thucydides

China would do well to heed the warning by the great Athenian historian Thucydides about the heightened risk of conflict when a rising power challenges the existing international order, writes Alan Dupont.

defence

Making the right calls on national security, as well as the economy, will go a long way to entrenching Turnbull as a successful Prime Minister, writes Alan Dupont.

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The asylum-seeker debate is simplistically and erroneously framed as a humanitarian or national security issue when in fact it is both, writes Alan Dupont.

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The ­WikiLeaks and Snowden disclosures have been detrimental to the interests of the Western ­democracies, writes Alan Dupont.

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