Secrecy, sovereignty and sharing: how data and emerging technologies are transforming intelligence
This policy brief draws on empirical research conducted at Deakin University, which involved interviews with almost 50 participants inside all the Australian National Intelligence Community agencies. It focuses on the unique impacts of big data and emerging technologies on intelligence and excluded discussion of broader...
Somebody might hear us: emerging communications security technologies
This report outlines the principles of secure communication, and uses some examples of emerging technologies to illustrate what the next generation of secure communications might look like.
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).
Australia’s participation in the Pine Gap enterprise
Australian participation in the operation of Pine Gap is effectively complete, with access to all areas of the base except the US National Cryptographic Room. The senior Australian Defence officials who negotiated the original implementing agreement with the CIA sought and obtained access to all...
The SIGINT satellites of Pine Gap: conception, development and in orbit
Pine Gap’s initial and still principal importance to the United States lies in its role as a ground control and processing station for geosynchronous signals intelligence satellites. Nine geosynchronous SIGINT (signals intelligence) satellites have been operated by Pine Gap over the past 45 years. That...
The higher management of Pine Gap
The higher management of Pine Gap is and has always been an entirely American affair. To understand Pine Gap today, it is necessary to understand the organisations of the US intelligence community and military concerned with the acquisition of technical intelligence, and their politics over...
The militarisation of Pine Gap: organisations and personnel
The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located just outside the town of Alice Springs in Central Australia and managed by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), is one of the largest US technical intelligence collection facilities in the world. Pine Gap today hosts three distinct...