Australia’s security interests and policy capabilities need to continue to keep pace with the changing global environment. New issues such as cyber security, automated defence systems, nanotechnology, WMD proliferation, information war and hybrid war, and climate change all point to a blurring of the distinction between actors and non-actors, between public and private, and between security policy and domestic policy.
Unpacking how governments and other stakeholders might respond to these challenges will be crucial in the more fluid security environments of the future. The National Security College, at the crossroads of academia, public debate and policy, is well-placed to convene creative and inclusive conversations about emerging trends and Australia’s security future.
This stream builds on the other NSC research themes by offering insights into emerging ‘over the horizon’ challenges and opportunities. We draw on our in-house expertise, as well as our national and international networks across government, industry and academia, to conduct research, consultations and dialogues that address plausible futures scenarios and policy challenges.
Our futures analysis and products aim to provide strategic foresight and support the Australian national security community in identifying emerging risks and opportunities for policy development and cooperation. Here we seek to identify:
- how Australia and other states have adapted their national security policies and/or strategies to the new challenges
- the nature and scope of security resilience that will be necessary to meet future challenges
- opportunities for governments, business and public-private partnerships in the development of new systems to manage emergent security issues
- how emergent security issues might be prioritised in terms of risk, and
- what amendments to formal institutional responses – via crisis management – might improve responses to emergent security threats.