National security

Policy report

Benchmarking critical technologies

There’s a lack of empirical data to ground decision-makers’ advice on everything from capability gaps to priority investment areas. This project is an attempt to begin to bring additional empirical data to the decision-making process.

Collaborative and agile: intelligence community collaboration insights from the United Kingdom and the United States

The central aim of this report is to generate insights from the US and UK intelligence communities’ collaboration efforts. It identifies insights, so that members of Australia’s national intelligence community can use them to enhance the collaboration and agility for the purpose of giving Australian...

Blueprint for critical technologies

This resource outlines the Australian government’s framework for capitalising on critical technologies to drive a technologically-advanced, future-ready nation.

The action plan for critical technologies

This plan demonstrates the Australian government’s tangible actions to protect and promote critical technologies.

Report of the Expert Review Group

This review considers whether the New Zealand Defence Force’s organisational structure and record-keeping and retrieval processes are in accordance with international best practice and sufficient to remove or reduce the possibility of the failings identified by the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and Related Matters.

Delivering a stronger Navy, faster

In order to deliver on the Australian government’s ambitious plans for future shipbuilding capability, the urgent task today is to develop a bridging strategy that delivers short term capability wins and boosts vital industrial capability. The plan presented in this paper does both - by...
Policy report

A 2020 vision for Five Eyes: new structures for new challenges

This paper recommends that the Australian government should leverage its Five Eyes partnerships and credibility as a constructive middle power to advocate for an expanded, more formally coordinated Five Eyes.

Department of Defense climate risk analysis

Climate change is reshaping the geo-strategic, operational, and tactical environments with significant implications for U.S. national security and defense. This Climate Risk Analysis (DCRA) responds to requirements specified in Executive Order (EO) 14008, 'Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.'
Policy report

Improving national security governance: options for strengthening Cabinet control and parliamentary oversight

This policy options paper proposes reforms to bolster the capacity of Australia's leaders to hold national security institutions accountable as Australia moves into an era of heightened strategic complexity and risk.
Discussion paper

Scott Morrison’s giant nuclear election ploy

Australia’s decision to join with the United States and the United Kingdom to build Australian long-range nuclear-powered submarines has little to do with the defence of Australia, writes Allan Behm.