Exposing Donald Trump: Bolton book the latest in decades of White House disclosures to test First Amendment
by Kaeten Mistry, Senior Lecturer in American History, University of East Anglia on June 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm
The former national security adviser seems likely to be sued and could face criminal liability.
Why charging incels with terrorism may make matters worse
by Reem Bahdi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor on June 16, 2020 at 5:53 pm
The decision to charge an incel youth with terrorism reinforces worrying trends in counterterrorism.
Was the coronavirus outbreak an intelligence failure?
by Erik J. Dahl, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School on June 15, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Warnings about major disease outbreaks are supposed to come from national and international medical intelligence and surveillance agencies that most Americans have never heard of.
Morrison government toughens foreign investment scrutiny to protect ‘national security’
by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra on June 4, 2020 at 12:38 pm
Under a new national security test the foreign investment review board will have to be notified by foreign investors hoping to secure a ‘sensitive national security business.
Australia doesn’t need more anti-terror laws that aren’t necessary – or even used
by Keiran Hardy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University on May 19, 2020 at 7:09 am
Some changes in the new security bill submitted to parliament last week are welcome, but others require careful scrutiny, especially when the rights of children are at stake.
Cold War-style preparedness could help fight future pandemics
by Alex Bitterman, Professor of Architecture and Design, Alfred State College of Technology, The State University of New York on April 13, 2020 at 7:33 pm
Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.
ASIO chief Mike Burgess says there are more spies in Australia ‘than at the height of the cold war’
by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra on February 24, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Mike Burgess, the head of ASIO, warns there are more foreign agents operating in Australia than at the height of the cold war – and many of them have the capability, intent, and persistence to cause significant harm.
A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between believers and doubters
by Michael Klare, Professor Emeritus and Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College on February 18, 2020 at 1:54 pm
US military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can’t afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.
The 6 countries in Trump’s new travel ban pose little threat to US national security
by Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on February 6, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Immigrants from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania constitute less than 1% of terrorism cases in the United States, and none of the cases in the last two years.
7 reasons to learn a foreign language
by Kathleen Stein-Smith, Associate University Librarian; Adjunct Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University on December 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm
Better job prospects and richer lives are among the many reasons to learn a foreign language, an expert on foreign language instruction writes.
Facebook’s push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophiles
by Roberto Musotto, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Edith Cowan University on December 16, 2019 at 5:24 am
Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren’t happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.
Australian governments have long been hostile to media freedom. That’s unlikely to change any time soon
by Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne on October 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Even if the government was willing to bend on media freedom, the mindset within the public service remains fixed on secrecy and the control of information.
Australia is facing a looming cyber emergency, and we don’t have the high-tech workforce to counter it
by Greg Austin, Professor UNSW Canberra Cyber, UNSW on October 15, 2019 at 4:32 am
We have not been able to develop an intelligence workforce that can keep up with the speed of advancing technologies and their threat to our national security.
Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security. It must be a political priority
by Chris Barrie, Honorary Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University on October 7, 2019 at 7:13 pm
A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.
Australia isn’t taking the national security threat from far-right extremism seriously enough
by Greg Barton, Chair in Global Islamic Politics, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University on October 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm
To understand the threat better, we need to devote more resources to monitoring and tracking far-right forums and social networks and a national database tracking hate crimes.
Cultural studies key to national security
by Nicholas Tampio, Professor of Political Science, Fordham University on October 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm
National security isn’t just about warding off physical attacks. It’s also about understanding cultural forces that drive a society to think, feel and act in certain ways, a political scientist says.
Australia’s quest for national security is undermining the courts and could lead to secretive trials
by Keiran Hardy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University on October 2, 2019 at 1:01 am
The purpose of the NSIA is to protect national security information from being disclosed in courts. But this can undermine a defendant’s ability to argue his or her innocence.
Australia has enacted 82 anti-terror laws since 2001. But tough laws alone can’t eliminate terrorism
by Nicola McGarrity, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW on September 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm
Australia now has one of the most comprehensive ranges of anti-terrorism laws of any Western democracy. It’s time to think creatively about solutions, rather than continually reworking old strategies.
Intelligence whistleblowers often pay a severe price
by Jennifer M. Pacella, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University on September 28, 2019 at 1:26 am
In many instances, whistleblowers find the abusive power they have revealed turned against them, both ending their careers and harming their personal lives.
Don’t ignore serious nonmilitary threats to US national security
by Richard Forno, Senior Lecturer, Cybersecurity & Internet Researcher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County on September 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm
Political leaders are ignoring dangerous threats to American national sovereignty, security and citizens’ peace of mind.
Dutton directive gives journalists more breathing space, but not whistleblowers
by Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne on August 11, 2019 at 8:07 pm
While the ministerial direction represents a genuflection in the direction of press freedom, it provides nothing by way of protection for whistleblowers.
Think your metadata is only visible to national security agencies? Think again
by Damien Manuel, Director, Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation (CSRI), Deakin University on August 5, 2019 at 4:03 am
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
Morrison and Albanese to discuss inquiry into press freedom
by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra on July 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm
Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.
The Defense Department is worried about climate change – and also a huge carbon emitter
by Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science and Department Chair, Boston University on June 12, 2019 at 10:05 am
Many current and former US military leaders call climate change a serious national security threat, but few of them mention the Defense Department’s big carbon footprint.
To protect press freedom, we need more public outrage – and an overhaul of our laws
by Peter Greste, Professor of Journalism and Communications, The University of Queensland on June 8, 2019 at 12:54 am
After this week’s police raids on media outlets, we need a better way to balance two crucial elements of our democracy – national security and press freedom.