IFRS calls for submissions for The Regionalist

The Institute for Regional Security is inviting submissions for The Regionalist, an online publication written by future leaders to shake and shape the future of Australia’s strategic thinking. IFRS welcomes submissions of between 1000 and 3000 words that provide an understanding and policy recommendations on a specific national security challenge facing Australia and our … [Read more...]

ASPI appoints US cyber adviser Chris Painter as distinguished fellow

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has announced that Chris Painter, the former US State Department Coordinator for Cyber issues and former White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy, as its inaugural distinguished cyber fellow for 2018. Painter has been across US and international cyber issues for over 25 years. He … [Read more...]

CDF announces new Cyber Command

Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has announced the establishment of a new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command. From 29 January, the new Joint SIGINT Unit and the recently established Joint Cyber Unit will operate under the Defence SIGINT and Cyber Command alongside civilian teams from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). “The … [Read more...]

Government releases Defence Export Strategy

The Turnbull Government released its Defence Export Strategy document on January 29, signalling it will increase funding to and investment in Australian defence companies to dramatically increase their export markets. A government statement says the new policy will be a ‘positive plan to boost Australian industry, increase investment, and create more jobs for Australian … [Read more...]

RAAF Super Hornets return home

The Royal Australian Air Force’s air combat element of the Air Task Group (ATG) deployed to support the effort to defeat ISIS, returned home to Amberley on January 24. The return of the six Super Hornets from Al Minhad AB in the UAE follows the December 22 announcement by Defence Minister Marise Payne that RAAF air combat operations against ISIS would end. The KC-30A MRTT … [Read more...]