Report

Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community

This review comprehensively examined the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing the National Intelligence Community, and prepared findings and recommendations for reforms. The review was supported by a Secretariat in the Attorney-General's Department (Australia).
Discussion paper

An Australian intellectual edge for conflict and competition in the 21st century

This paper provides insights into how the Australian Defence Force might apply its knowledge of a changing environment to more comprehensively address gaps in its software framework.
Briefing paper

Addressing Australia's vulnerability to weaponised narratives

In a time of endless globalised information flows, Australia must defend its democratic political discussion.
Report

Oversight of intelligence agencies: a comparison of the 'Five Eyes' nations

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States each have some combination of parliamentary/congressional, independent and judicial oversight of their intelligence agencies, in addition to accountability through the executive branch. However, there are differences in the nature and scope of each of...
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The 2017 independent review of intelligence: views from The Strategist

The articles reprinted in this report give a range of perspectives on the recent Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) review and its recommendations.
Audio interview

Super-portfolio deals with 'scourge of terrorism', not political: Dutton

The incoming Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, insists his new super-portfolio is all about protecting Australia and not advancing political agendas.
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2017 Independent intelligence review

This review examined the environment in which the intelligence community operates, and consider how effectively it serves Australia’s national interests.
Report

Information operations and Facebook

Introduction Civic engagement today takes place in a rapidly evolving information ecosystem. More and more, traditional forums for discussion, the exchange of ideas, and debate are mirrored online on platforms like Facebook – leading to an increase in individual access and agency in political dialogue...
Commentary

Block adverts, delete Flash, kill Java: ASD

When the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) released its Top Four Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions in 2011, it was revolutionary, because it cut to the chase. Do these four things first, before anything else, and you will repel 85 percent of targeted intrusions.
Report

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security annual report 2015-2016

The Inspector-General’s review summarises the issues and developments affecting the office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (OIGIS) during the reporting period, provides an overview of its performance and financial results, and discusses the outlook for the year ahead. Structure Part One provides an...