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North Korea: the reverberations of 25 May

This policy analysis assesses the strategic consequences of North Korea's second nuclear test, arguing that this test is more troubling than the first. It points to a North Korean arsenal that is permanent and growing rather than temporary and diminishing. Moreover, it undermines not only...
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Contest Two and counter extremism: lessons for Australia

This year the Rudd government will issue a counter-terrorism white paper. In the preparation of the new white paper, this policy analysis examines what Australia can learn from the UK's "Contest Two" approach with respect to domestic counter extremism policy. The UK released its new...
Report

Rudd's army: a deployable civilian capacity for Australia

Following the response to the 2020 Summit’s recommendations, the Rudd government has agreed to establish a Deployable Civilian Capacity (DCC) for the rapid deployment of civilian experts to assist in international disaster relief, stabilisation and post-conflict reconstruction efforts. This Policy Analysis examines the need to...
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Around the world in ninety minutes -- what an Australian satellite surveillance system could do

The recent Defence White Paper included a surprise announcement of a new Australian-owned satellite surveillance capability. This ASPI Policy Analysis describes the potential benefits of such a system and explains how the choice of orbit could provide a better-value solution for Australia's surveillance requirements.
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The Australian media and terrorism

experience for the Australian public. The media will cover what happened and why, who did it, and will analyse whether anything could have been done to prevent the incident. Over time the media might look for someone to be held accountable. Political leaders, government officials...
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An all-hazards approach to national security: Preparing for and responding to threats to Australian agriculture

The federal government is adopting an all-hazards approach to national security—acknowledging that the response to both natural and man-made disasters is often similar and that improving community resilience is an important aspect of preparedness for disasters, whatever form they take. The forthcoming national security statement...
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Towards a Commonwealth law enforcement innovation framework

This report suggests that a collaboration research hub could provide a starting point for creating and developing new technologies for law enforcement. It also suggests that while some stakeholders may be tempted to adopt a CRC-type structure, a stronger starting point might involve building on...
Report

Strong and free? The future security of Australia's north

This report argues that ‘there is a need to reconceptualize northern Australia, as a single scalable defence and national security ecosystem.’ This ecosystem should be developed to ‘deliver integrated support to current and future ADF and national security operations.’
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Defence projects and the economy

This report examines what the national economy stands to gain from nearly $100 billion of planned investment in new defence capital equipment including submarines, frigates and military vehicles.
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Projecting national power: reconceiving Australian air power strategy for an age of high contest

This paper contends that an influence operations model will enable the Australian Air Force to focus on how to give priority to the strategic effects that it can deliver for government and to creatively reframe its thinking about how best to use the tools available...