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Diversifying Air Power: Broadening Air Force’s value proposition in an age of high contest

Author(s): Peter Hunter
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

How should Air Force contribute to Australian Defence Force (ADF) strategy? In answering this question, it is important to start from first principles. By definition, Air Force remains responsible for the provision of air power capabilities to meet national defence requirements. Combat excellence...

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China 2030: Power in a Disrupted World

Author(s): Young, R.
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Our new series of Future Insights Papers are designed to help policymakers develop and test futures scenarios, conduct horizon scanning, and integrate futures analysis into their work. The Papers are designed to present provocative conversation-starters and arguable propositions, not definitive...

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Activating People Power to Counter Foreign Interference and Coercion

Author(s): Katherine Mansted
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points Citizens are increasingly frontline actors in Australia’s security challenges: as targets of malign interference and coercion, victims of collateral damage, and agents of national resilience. Advances in information and communications technologies have made Australian society...

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Women and children from IS flee Baghouz, VOA via Wikimedia Commons
Women and children from IS flee Baghouz, VOA via Wikimedia Commons

The citizen as enemy combatant: dealing with foreign terrorist fighters

Author(s): Carroll, J.
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points Foreign terrorist fighters are a complex problem: traitor, invader, child soldier, war criminal, ‘jihad by family’. Some are both perpetrators and victims of terrorism. Prosecution is problematic because it’s hard to get evidence, and foreign fighters aren’t returning. If brought home...

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Trusted, ethical, fast-moving and effective future police

Author(s): Young, R, Meli, O.
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The ongoing developments in digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution are opening up huge business opportunities - both legal and criminal. The attributes that give start-ups advantages over traditional businesses - agility, shrinking costs of entry, digital access to...

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Computer keyboard with a blue privacy button
Computer keyboard with a blue privacy button

From secrecy to dignity: trust and policy implications of shifting attitudes to privacy

Author(s): Henschke, A, Young, R, Gould, M, Smith, H
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The public typically trusts governments to protect personal data more than they trust the private sector. Social media companies are among the least trusted. In response to changes in technologies, attitudes towards privacy are changing. A traditional focus on secrecy is giving way to...

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Stylised global cyber map
Stylised global cyber map

Addressing Australia's Vulnerability to Weaponised Narratives

Author(s): Zappone, C, Sussex, M
Date of publication: 2018
Publication type: Policy

Key points: Information overload has permanently changed the news environment for the public, challenging democracies as a result. The human need to find patterns of meaning in events, combined with increasing information availability, exposes Australians to the risk of accepting false or damaging...

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Cyber person
Cyber person

Defining Thresholds in Law - Sophisticated Decryption and Law Enforcement

Author(s): Mosey, M., Henschke, A.
Date of publication: 2018
Publication type: Policy

Key points: Encryption technologies have fundamentally changed the way people transmit data, reducing the capacity of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access information. Relying on the private sector to provide agencies with plain text information is no longer productive, yet...

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Participants of the Belt and Road international forum, May 2017
Participants of the Belt and Road international forum, May 2017

One belt, one road, many rules-based orders

Author(s): Sussex, M, Clarke, M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is both a blueprint for a China-centric order in the Indo-Pacific and a means to address internal economic and political challenges. China is not yet capable of leading that order, but its desire to do so is increasing. Prospects for the long-term...

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Airstrike on Marawi: Mark Jhomel/Wikimedia Commons
Airstrike on Marawi: Mark Jhomel/Wikimedia Commons

Marawi and after: how Australia can help

Author(s): Blaxland, J, Carroll, J, Carr, A, Harris, M
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The seizure of Marawi city by Daesh-linked militants is a game-changer for Southeast Asia, and presents a threat to all countries of the region. Limiting the movement of money, technology, recruits and planning support to extremist groups in the southern Philippines will be crucial to...

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