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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

Defence & Security

Building the digital estate – not just big data, the right data

“An aging asset is more than a risk or a ‘tick and flick’ when it comes to budgeting or maintenance, it is a sleeping giant. And no one wants to wake a sleeping giant”, says Aurecon Chief Digital Officer, Andrew Maher, ahead of the ADM Defence Estate & Base Services Summit. “Every aspect of our…

13 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Arming Defence procurers for the national infrastructure boom

Australia’s record construction boom means that Defence procurers will need to fight harder and smarter than ever before to attract a competitive pool of bidders for future infrastructure projects. “This is an intense period of acceleration, most notably in the Defence, Transport and Energy sectors”, says Brendan Lyon of KPMG ahead of the ADM Defence Estate…

5 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How technology is shaping modern policing

Prior to the September 11th terrorist attack in 2001, many small and rural law enforcement agencies in the USA – along with more than half of the national population - were not yet connected to the internet, mostly due to a perceived lack of necessity. Sadly, terrorist groups were ahead of the national tipping point…

29 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Protecting our protectors: Ensuring police officer mental health, safety and wellbeing

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an often debilitating mental health condition that results from witnessing or experiencing a single or series of traumatic events. Symptoms may include emotional flashbacks, dissociation, anxiety, hypervigilance, shame, depression, emotional numbness and in some cases psychosis. Until recently, there has been a lack of reliable or ‘ecologically valid’ (contextually relevant)…

21 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How the Australian Army is leveraging a national obsession with drones

Drones were a defining symbol of the new millennium. A technology that would not only lead the military into a new frontier of combat and surveillance; but delight technophiles around the world and become a form of recreation in their own right. Drones made their debut in the early 2000’s, assisting the CIA with targeted…

13 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Education

Defence Industry Skilling and STEM Strategy update

The Australian Government is channelling $200 billion into Defence capability over the coming decade to recapitalise the Australian Defence Force. Accompanying this is the development of the ‘Workforce Behind the Defence Force’ (WBDF) campaign – the roughly 3,000 plus SMEs and 25,000 employees that constitute Defence industry in Australia. Over the next decade, this STEM-enabled…

19 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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