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What is space resilience and how can we achieve it in the current fiscal climate?

The space domain is fraught with risks - from radiation, to supply chain worries, cyberattacks, and the kinetic and physical threat to ground and space infrastructure. In this context, what does it mean to be resilient; and how can we best achieve it in the current fiscal climate? Chris Jewell, Program Director for JP9102 at…

15 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Technology

How to not get lost in a rabbit hole of defence innovation research

From warfare systems, to combat simulation, to threat evaluation, technologies like AI and virtual reality are promising a wealth of potential use cases in Defence. So much so, that it is easy for academics to get lost in a ‘rabbit-hole’ of defence innovation research. But for Matt Opie, Director of Defence & Space at the…

7 Aug 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

China in the Pacific and the unfolding geostrategic competition in the region

When news of the China-Solomon Islands Pact broke last year, it awoke many Australians to the issues happening in our region and gave renewed focus to the Indo-Pacific, in both domestic and US security discussions. Over recent decades, China has been deepening its relations across the Pacific – an effort that was formerly viewed as…

20 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How can regional defence contractors tackle export markets – and why should they?

With spend predicted to reach 52.559 billion in the 2023-24 financial year, Defence is the largest procuring agency of Australia’s Commonwealth government. However, its requirements pale in comparison to those of export markets, like the USA, where USD$773 billion (AUD 1.1 trillion) has been allocated over the same period. With Australia’s Defence expenditure known to…

12 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Defence & Security

What have we learned from recent major data breaches? Insights from the NSW Privacy Commissioner

With an average cost of $3.35 million, data breaches often leave behind a trail of destruction. But as NSW Privacy Commissioner Samantha Gavel points out - ahead of her keynote at the Australian Privacy Forum - they also leave valuable clues on how to improve data security. Ms Gavel and her team at the Information…

1 Dec 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Defence & Security

How to manage customer data in a high threat environment – tips from a cyber lawyer

With cyber criminals stepping up their assaults on Australian corporations - and the privacy regulator soon to receive new powers – the prospect of a data breach has become acutely worrying for business leaders in recent weeks. While ransomware attacks have been on an upward trend for several decades, the recent coverage of Optus and…

21 Nov 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How defence contractor Lockheed Martin Australia is boosting numbers of women in its workforce

Rates of women’s participation in STEM professions have only seen modest improvements in recent years. Despite representing 50 percent of Australia’s overall workforce, just 28 percent of current STEM-skilled workers are women - up from 24 percent in 2016. Within the Defence industry, the representation of women is smaller, at 19.2 percent – and a…

4 Aug 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

NT’s role in quashing geopolitical tensions with China

China has stepped up its encroachment in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, penning a security deal with one of Australia’s closest neighbours. The deal, which could allow the Chinese military near-unfettered access to the Solomon Islands – including the stationing and replenishment of Chinese warships - is what Retired US Marine COL Grant Newsham sees…

20 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

A novel approach to sustaining defence industry

Creating an enduring industrial base for Defence projects is one of the most critical challenges Australia is facing in its bid to future-proof military capability. While efforts to improve domestic supply chains have helped make inroads, the nation’s relatively high manufacturing costs limit the efficacy of this approach. Tim Pickford and Millie Keating of defence…

22 Feb 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Win-win and partnerships in the rapid delivery of military capability

As Australia’s geopolitical relationships evolve and the strategic landscape becomes more complex, building sovereign capability on domestic shores is at the forefront of efforts to boost the nation’s warfighting efficacy. But with the threat outlook uncertain, how can the government optimise investment in its quest to future-proof military capability? While Defence budgets may now be…

15 Dec 2021, by Amy Sarcevic
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