Technology Underpinning the National Interest - Breakfast Series

National Security College | Professional course
Technology and National Security - Breakfast Series


Join us for our exciting new breakfast series running over five consecutive Fridays (8am-10am). Drawing on expertise from key minds in industry, academia and government, this course informs how technology and the national security community are enmeshed and the implications, risks and opportunities for policy development and implementation.

Course date: 
8–10am 30 August 2019
8–10am 6 September 2019
8–10am 13 September 2019
8–10am 20 September 2019
8–10am 27 September 2019
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

Technological change can provide new tools for national security operators, but also create new security vulnerabilities, alter the political and social context in which the national security community must operate, and affect strategic competition between states. This seminar series will explore the strategic implications of technology, in two parts. The first two sessions will provide participants with new perspectives and frameworks for analysing the strategic implications of technology change. The second half of the course will examine the national security implications of current developments in information technology and bio-technology—including big data collection and analysis, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and gene editing. Importantly, the emphasis in the second half is not on potential technology futures—but on existing and near-horizon developments, and the policy choices confronting policymakers today.

Scope and content

By the end of the course, participants will have:

• a strong understanding of emerging patterns of technology-driven strategic
competition and of the implications of this dynamic for Australia;

• an awareness of current technology trends in information technology and bio-technology and their national security implications;

• the tools to evaluate technology-related policy and engage more effectively on technology-related matters; and

• a deeper understanding of the policy levers the Australian government has to
shape technology and to address technology’s societal, security and geopolitical implications.

This is a NSC breakfast series over five weeks with two-hour sessions from 8am-10am. The series is designed for staff who need a contemporary understanding of technology to inform policy development.

Course details

  • Five Fridays: 2 hours, non-residential, fully-catered series (hot breakfast)
  • Course Dates: 5 Friday mornings: 30/08, 6/09, 13/09, 20/09, 27/09
  • Course Timings: 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Certificate of Completion provided
  • Parking available on campus (self pay options)
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Course convenor

Mr Brad Fallen

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery. As Senior Adviser International Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2014, Brad was part of the small team who delivered Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Review and Strategy. He then implemented the Strategy for 18 months from the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser. Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat between 2011 and 2014, supporting Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Abbott, and before this the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information teams from 2008 to 11. He was Defence Adviser to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, in 2000-01. Brad studied South Pacific history at the University of Queensland before joining the Department of Defence’s Graduate program in 1988. Brad’s career in Defence focused on Australia’s regional relationships, and included three years as First Secretary (Defence) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and two years seconded to the New Zealand Government in Wellington.

Course presenter(s)

Ms Katherine Mansted

Katherine Mansted joined the National Security College as a Senior Researcher in 2018.

Katherine’s professional background includes work in both law and government. She has been a commercial solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons, ministerial adviser to the federal government, and served as an Associate in the High Court of Australia to now Chief Justice Kiefel.

In 2016, Katherine was awarded an Australian General Sir John Monash Scholarship, and completed her Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018. She also holds a dual Bachelor of Laws / International Relations (Business) from Bond University, where she studied as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Law.

Katherine’s current research interests include cybersecurity policy, information operations and strategy, and US-Australia relations. Her publications include work on cyber-enabled foreign interference, network defence, information warfare, and internet privacy.

She maintains a research affiliation with Harvard, as a non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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