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Northern Australia as a launch point for pushing Australian and US military and political influence north

Last month the Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) deployed its full complement of US Marines in the Northern Territory for the first time, a major milestone since the MRF-D began seconding troops to train alongside the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2012. Since then almost 7000 personnel have travelled for the six-month rotation to participate in…

4 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Infrastructure

What you need to know about the renewal of the Defence estate

The Defence Estate is one of Australia’s largest real estate portfolios, supporting more than 100,000 personnel across the Australian Defence Organization. With many of its assets - bases, wharves, airfields, training and testing ranges - now considerably aged, developing and maintaining the estate was cited as a key priority of the 2016 Defence White Paper;…

20 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Social Policy

The physical and mental health of young people in youth detention: A global scoping review

A systematic review of the health of young people in youth detention is expected to reveal, for the first time, a detailed and accurate picture of their physical and mental health, in a bid to entice further government intervention and investment. The research – undertaken by Dr. Rohan Borschmann and peers at the University of…

30 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

To serve and protect – keeping the basic promise in today’s law enforcement landscape

The nature of law enforcement is changing against a backdrop of globalisation and advanced technological enablement. Vulnerable communities are no longer restricted to postcodes, with the emergence of darknet markets and digital currencies broadening victim and criminal profiles; and blurring national and jurisdictional boundaries. As technology advances, crime rates also appear to be keeping pace.…

22 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How drones are helping to recruit STEM graduates into the Defence Force

Drone technology is helping to attract young people into the Defence force in an increasingly competitive STEM recruitment landscape. Much like the rest of the world, Australia is experiencing a shortage of STEM-qualified entrants into the - now heavily STEM-dominated - job market, and drones are helping to bridge this gap. Drones have reached an…

20 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Planning & Design

Addressing the complex needs of young offenders

Youth detention provides an opportunity to positively intervene in the lives of disadvantaged young people, address their complex needs, and restore them to productive, high-functioning members of society. However, a report by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office has found that the current system does not adequately address the needs of young offenders on a number of…

30 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis

Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals - long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts. In recent years, empirical evidence regarding the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has been brought to light,…

10 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Technology

Improving AML surveillance within law enforcement

Anti-money laundering (AML) technology is currently at the forefront of law enforcement innovation. But in the absence of an “innovation framework”, criminals may exploit “system seams” and outpace AML advancement, according to ASPI Senior Analyst Dr. John Coyne. The “seams” he is referring to are the subtle but important incongruences between public and private sector…

12 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Progress and pitfalls in recent intelligence reforms

In July 2017, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he was to create a new construct to promote national security - the Department of Home Affairs. Renowned intelligence and security expert, Professor John Blaxland, publicly criticised the new governance arrangement on the grounds of contestability and disputed its rationale - which, he argued, was largely…

25 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Enhanced military training environments within a complex security landscape

“We will need to train differently,” Brigadier Mark Brewer, said ahead of the ADM Northern Australia Defence Summit. “The continued diffusion of lethal capabilities to non-state-actors, rising state-on-state tensions, combined with ongoing threat of terrorism create a very complex security environment both now and into the future.” Against this is the accelerating pace of technological…

24 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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