Trump administration considers easing int’l arms sales restrictions – report

The US government is considering relaxing some of its export restrictions on arms sales according to a January 8 report by Reuters. The report says the Trump administration is looking to take a “whole of government” approach to easing the export restrictions and, rather than focus on the potential human rights issues of international arms sales, plans to give more weight to … [Read more...]

Williams Foundation calls for submissions for High Intensity Warfare seminar

The Sir Richard Williams Foundation’s The Central Blue forum is collaborating with the From Balloons to Drones forum to publish a series of posts on high intensity warfare ahead of a seminar on ‘The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare’ to be held in Canberra on 22 March 2018. As part of this collaboration, they are calling for article submissions that examine critical … [Read more...]

Security Innovation Awards announced

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited, the organiser of CIVSEC 2018 has announced a new program of national innovation awards for Australia’s Civil Security professionals. The Awards are for Innovators in the Cyber Security, Physical Security & Policing and the Disaster Relief, Emergency Management & Humanitarian fields. These represent the ‘fourth arm’ of … [Read more...]

RAAF Air Task Group strike operations against ISIS to end

  Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced that air combat operations against ISIS by Royal Australian Air Force Air Task Group (ATG) under Operation Okra have ended, and that the strike element of the ATG will return home to Australia in January. The current rotation of six F/A-18F Super Hornets, one E-7A Wedgetail and a KC-30A MRTT led by AIRCDRE Terry van Haren … [Read more...]

Ministers launch PFAS research program

Defence Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham have jointly launched a $13 million research program to address poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment. The PFAS Remediation Research Program will support the development of innovative technologies to investigate and remediate PFAS contaminated areas, including soil and … [Read more...]