USN Adm Harry Harris to fill vacant US Ambassador slot

The Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, has been appointed by US President Donald Trump to full the vacant US Ambassador to Australia position. The vacant role of Ambassador has been temporarily filled by US Chargé d’Affairs James Carouso since previous Ambassador John Berry returned to the US in September 2016. A White House statement treads, “Admiral … [Read more...]

Defence & Thales to negotiate munitions factories future

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced on February 6 that Defence will enter into negotiations with Thales Australia, trading as Australian Munitions, for the continued management and operation of Australia’s munition factories in Benalla and Mulwala. Minister Pyne said the Turnbull Government recognises the importance of the Defence- owned munitions … [Read more...]

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...]