Posts Categorised: National Security

Report of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review

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“The 2017 Independent Intelligence Review found that Australia’s intelligence agencies are highly capable and held in high regard by their international partner agencies. The Review also found that as a result of transforming geopolitical, economic, societal and technological changes, the intelligence community will be faced with challenges that will intensify over the coming decade.”

Source: L’Estrange, M. & Merchant, S. (2017). Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet and available from this link (open access).

Australia’s cyber security strategy: execution & evolution

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“This report provides an accessible and critical appraisal of the government’s implementation of the strategy over the past 12 months. It addresses each of the strategy’s five themes, highlighting achievements and areas of weakness; evaluates issues of execution; and suggests ways to evolve the delivery and initiatives of the strategy to achieve its objectives.”

Source: Hawkins, Z. & Nevill, L. (2017). Australian Strategic Policy Institute and available from this link (open access). 

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017


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“This yearbook looks at those areas around the world where terrorism and counterterrorism (CT) are in greatest focus. Each chapter examines CT developments in 2016, including the terrorist threat being faced and how governments and others have approached CT through both policy and operations. Countries and regions covered include Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Turkey, UK, USA, Canada, Africa, Russia and China.”

Source: Carroll, J. (Editor) (2017). Australian Strategic Policy Institute and available from this link (open access).

Cyber information sharing: lessons for Australia



“Sharing information on the cyber landscape is a necessary and efficient way to benefit from mutual exposure to cyber threats and boost collective defensive capacity. The US has been pursuing cyber information sharing since the late 1990s, when the federal government directed the creation of public–private partnerships for critical infrastructure protection. The now decades-long development of a variety of information sharing models in the US provide case studies and lessons for the Australian cybersecurity community as it pursues deeper information sharing mechanisms.”

Source: Nevill, L. (2017). ASPI Policy brief and available from this link (open access).

Making Sense of Big Data for Security



Big Data technologies hold great promise for improved efficiency and effectiveness for law enforcement and national security. This article explores the potential impact of Big Data on the production of security in society. Building on a Bourdesian framework for analysing police and new technologies, the article draws on empirical data from an Australian study to examine how security agents made sense of the capability and value of Big Data and developed technological frames that envisaged how this new technology could enhance or change their practices. The analysis reveals the expectations and anxieties regarding Big Data among stakeholders and concludes that the community should take a more active role in understanding Big Data and influencing the governance of its usage.

Source: Chan, J., & Moses, L. B. (2017). British Journal of Criminology, 57/2 and available from this link (subscription journal).

Examining cooperation with the police in a national security environment

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“This study uses the National Security and Preparedness Survey to examine the extent to which the perceived effectiveness of such measures influences individual perceptions of procedural justice of the police and people’s willingness to cooperate with law enforcement. Particular attention is paid to the role of procedural justice in influencing perceptions of police in the national security context. The findings highlight the factors that are important for enhancing positive attitudes towards law enforcement agencies in a post 9/11 environment driven by national security threats.”

Source: Williamson, H. (2016). Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 11(2), and available from this link (subscription journal).

Attitudes to National Security: Balancing Safety and Privacy

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“Maintaining national security in an age of terrorism means that we, as citizens, are asked to relinquish certain individual rights and liberties in the name of public safety. Whether it is the retention of our telecommunications activities, ability to walk around our cities without being captured on security video, or freedom to travel to prescribed ‘no go zones’ in foreign countries, our lives have changed in response to new global circumstances.”

Source: Social Research Centre, ANU and available from this link (open access).

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Opportunities abound abroad: optimising our criminal intelligence system overseas

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“This special report argues that Australia’s current arrangements for gathering and disseminating CrimInt overseas are suboptimal. While additional resources are needed to address this condition, there’s also a need to streamline priority setting and associated collection requirements, provide ways to evaluate and better coordinate the collection of information and intelligence product, and expand opportunities to improve training in CrimInt.”

Source: Kowalick, P. & Connery, D. (2016). ASPI Special Report and available from this link.

Agenda for Change 2016: Strategic choices for the next government

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“The defence of Australia’s interests is a core business of federal governments. Regardless of who wins the election on July 2, the incoming government will have to grapple with a wide range of security issues. This report provides a range of perspectives on selected defence and national security issues, as well as a number of policy recommendations.”

Source: Davis, M. (Editor). ASPI Strategy and available from this link (open access).

Agenda for Change 2016: border security and law enforcement

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“Australia’s law enforcement and border security operating environment is becoming increasingly complex and is evolving rapidly. For the strategic leaders of Australia’s law enforcement and border security agencies, uncertainty in the current operating environment is matched by pervasive policy and funding uncertainties.”

Source: Coyne, J. & Connery, D. (2016). The Strategist and available form this link (open access).