2019 Professional courses

Risk for National Security Practitioners

Accurate assessment of risk appetite is a core requirement for dealing successfully with the complexities and challenges in Australia’s national security environment. This course will enable you to think critically about risk in the national security context

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government effective management course

Whole of Government Effective Consequence Management Program

When complex emergencies require a Commonwealth-led response, there’s little room for error. Effective consequence management demands an effective network of officials, who are not only experts in their technical field, but who are also highly skilled in leading complex interactions across jurisdictions, borders and diverse stakeholder sets. The program is designed to further develop and consolidate this cadre of crisis and consequence management professionals, as a strategic asset for Australia.

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The Indo-Pacific: Breakfast Series

Join us for our exciting new breakfast series on the Indo-Pacific. Running over five consecutive Fridays (8am-10am), take time to examine the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept encompassing China, India, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other outward-looking trading states and strategic actors, including the USA.

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The New Weapons: Propaganda, Misinformation and Fake News

A host of global actors, state and non-state, are increasingly leveraging technology to harness the power of information – and using it as a weapon. How do they seek to undermine Australia’s security, the competitiveness of Australian businesses, and confidence in our democratic institutions? What are the implications for global and national security? And is Australia prepared?

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Introduction to Australia’s National Security Challenges and Policy Making

This highly interactive one-week program introduces participants to national security. Designed for professionals needing insight into the national security environment and relevant government frameworks, this program provides a grounding in the wide range of security challenges facing Australia.

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Structured Analytical Techniques for Policymakers

Have you ever wondered how intelligence professionals work through complex problems, identify alternative options or futures and test their thinking? Intelligence analysts routinely use a range of structured and group techniques to improve analysis by minimising common biases and groupthink. These techniques can greatly benefit policymakers at all stages of policy analysis and development.

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New! Democratic resilience and national security policy

Australia and its democratic partners are facing a generational challenge to the very notion of what liberal democracies are. A set of threats are emerging that call for new thinking around national security and how to ensure democracies remain resilient. They include a shifting regional and global order, increased efforts by foreign actors to degrade the processes of democracy, and the manipulation of internal domestic stresses that undermine public trust. These challenges cut across traditional divides, encompassing politics, society, and economics, with a variety of new threat vectors. As hostile actors seek to exploit cyber vulnerabilities, social pressure points and use other hybrid strategies against us, the NSC seeks to shape national and international best practice on responding to these threats. Our approach is analytical, geared around identifying weaknesses across the spectrum of democratic politics. It is also prescriptive, seeking to design and propose new innovative policy solutions to these challenges.

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Technology and National Security - Breakfast Series

Technology and National Security - Breakfast Series

Join us for our exciting new breakfast series on technology and the implications for national security. Running over five consecutive Tuesdays (8am-10am), each session will examine techology trends including IoT, user facing AI, automation, machine learning, digital realities, data, identity and technology innovations (and threats) on the horizon. Drawing on expertise from the ANU 3A Institute and the NSC, this course informs how technology convergence and the national security community are enmeshed and the implications, risks and opportunities for policy development and implementation.

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China Rising: Australia’s Policy Options

China has assumed the role of a major geopolitical actor. Australia needs to understand key aspects of China’s development, worldview and outlook in order to negotiate shifts in strategic weight and economic influence. This course is a critical conversation on the implications of a rising China for Australia’s interests.

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New! Strategy Planning

How do you plan national security strategy in an increasingly complex and dynamic space in which shifts in geopolitics and/or asymmetrical threats occur rapidly? Strategy still matters as a baseline for making decisions and allocating resources to protect national security and uphold national interests. Strategic planning needs to be informed and relevant. In the national security space, collaboration is critical. This course draws on systems thinking that can inform strategic planning. It will provide applied techniques of analysis to position you and your organisation to develop a sound strategic outlook.

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New! Designing National Security Policy

National security is an increasingly complex and dynamic concept. This course focuses on the skills that are required to design effective policy that can secure and defend Australia’s national interests.

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Space: Implications for National Security

Space: Implications for National Security

Space has serious implications for national security, given our global dependence on over 1,900 satellites (and other space systems) to inform Defence and intelligence.

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Women in National Security Course: leadership & impact

International research has revealed that the security and equality of women is a vital factor in the security performance of the state. It demonstrates that increasing women’s participation and ensuring gender diversity in decision-making leads to better security outcomes – within organisations and at the level of the state.

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Changing America

The United States’ post-WWII role as the security guarantor in our region appears to be under siege by an ‘America first’ agenda at home and assertive rising powers abroad. This course looks to separate the substance of shifting power relations from the hyperbole of the news cycle. It will help you to critically examine the trajectory of the US’s role in the world through the lens of Australia’s interests.

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Ethics and Technologies of War

Ethics and Technologies of War

Decisions around war and warfare are invariably tied to matters of life, death and national survival. This course examines ethical norms of the use of armed force for political purposes with a particular focus on the relationship between those norms and military technologies. You will explore how, and the extent to which, ethical and technological considerations can and should influence strategic and tactical decisions.

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Serious Organised Crime & National Security: Intersection Implications

Serious organised crime is sophisticated, borderless, pervasive and resilient. It includes violence and intimidation, fraud, illicit drug trafficking, corruption, human trafficking & exploitation, money laundering, weapons trafficking, cyber and technology enabled crime. This course provides participants with insight into the current state of serious organised crime and relevant critiques around the implications for national security.

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Climate Change: Implications for the National Security Agenda

Climate change, extreme weather events and environmental degradation all have clear implications for national security. They are altering the dimensions of national security central to a stable state, in particular human security, environmental security, maritime security and critical infrastructure. They are also adding a new dimension to traditional geopolitical concerns. Presented in partnership with the Climate Change Institute<http://climate.anu.edu.au/>, this course combines expert input to deliver two days of interdisciplinary thinking and engagement about the implications for our national security agenda. Book now.

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Nuclear Policy and Security

Nuclear Policy and Security

This course provides with a comprehensive introduction to nuclear policy and an overview of the basics of nuclear science and weapons, the global landscape of capabilities and doctrines, and persistent concerns about proliferation.

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Countering Violent Extremism: New Research, New Networks

Listen to academics conducting research that is informing local, national and international thinking and responses. Engage with senior policy makers and leaders of operational agencies working with communities.

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Creating Insight: An Introduction to Futures Analysis

Our world is rapidly changing and disruption has become the new norm. Thinking proactively about the future security landscape, and taking a systematic approach to understanding future possibilities and risks, is a vital skillset for contemporary security professionals.

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Antarctica

With growing interest from existing and potential claimants, the strategic and security dimensions of access to and control of Antarctica are becoming clear. The leadership role Australia has held in Antarctic affairs cannot be taken for granted.

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Energy: Implications for Australia's National Security

Emerging energy trends have important implications for political, economic, commercial and military realms. With heightened geostrategic tensions, oil price wars, the rise of renewables and climate concerns, these trends increasingly sit at the intersection of the exercise of national power and international security Image attached.

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Great powers in the Indo-Pacific

Great powers in the Indo-Pacific

The course will expose you to the underlying policy debates behind the Indo-Pacific idea, and what it means for Australia’s defence and diplomatic priorities, as well as key relationships, including with China, India, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

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Understanding India

India: The Emerging Strategic Player

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine India’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Indonesia: Standing at the Pivot Point

Indonesia: Standing at the Pivot Point

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine Indonesia’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Japan: Partner in the Indo-Pacific

Japan: Partner in the Indo-Pacific

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine Japan’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Maritime Security

Australia, as a large island nation, has substantial maritime interests to protect and critical interests in the current global and regional maritime order. But the maritime order is under increasing pressure.

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Papua New Guinea: Problem or Partner in National Security?

Papua New Guinea: Problem or Partner in National Security?

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examine the developing characteristics of Papua New Guinea, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Understanding Russia

Russia: Resurgent or Wrecker?

How important is Russia to Australian security policy? Is it a legitimate major power that deserves to be taken seriously? Is it a threat, an irritant, or even a potential future partner on security challenges? This course explores Russia’s resurgent role in global politics and security as well as its worldview.

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The CVE-CT Spectrum

Terrorism has emerged as one of the defining security challenges of our age. The imperatives of counter-terrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE) now permeate the policy and operational activities of federal and state governments, law enforcement agencies, business and the community at large. This course considers the spectrum of policy tools and responses: how we might prevent the growth of violent extremism as well as disrupt terrorist planning and counter attacks.

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Cyber Challenges for the National Security Community

The Dimensions of Cyber - Challenges & Opportunities

Cyber and the convergence of technology presents both opportunities and risks for Australia – economically and strategically. It permeates our social fabric and at its highest level can influence major political outcomes. The ability to harness the power of cyber through legal, social and ethical measures is fundamental to Australia’s prosperity and global position. In this course, you will explore the dimensions of cyber to gain a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of this influential and ever-evolving domain.

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Understanding the Korean Peninsula

The Korean Peninsula: An Enduring Security Dilemma

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examine the developing characteristics of the two Koreas, including the state of their economies, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

Australia’s national security environment demands enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence providers and policy-making officials. How can we get the most out of these relationships and meet the challenges of a transforming environment?

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