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A safe and secure Australia? Australians may never have been more insecure

A safe and secure Australia? Australians may never have been more insecure

There is a deep divide and disparity between the Australian political message of ‘we will protect you and will keep Australia safe’ and the operational message from police and emergency services of “don’t count on us being there in your greatest time of need – we may not be coming as quickly as you may […]

Infrastructure Resilience: Terrorism and the built environment

Infrastructure Resilience: Terrorism and the built environment

The increasing global terrorism threat presents new challenges and concerns for governments, the private sector and communities alike. There are risk-based measures that the public and private sectors should be adopting – particularly in Australia – to address the increased threat environment. Australia and the rising threat of terrorism There is no doubt the global […]

India regains it's privacy

India regains it’s privacy

In a sharp rebuke to the Indian government, a nine-judge Constitutional bench of the country’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled that privacy is a fundamental right as it is intrinsic to the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution. By this pathbreaking verdict, the apex court bolstered efforts by citizens […]

APSM Sep/Oct – Editor’s Desk

APSM Sep/Oct – Editor’s Desk

“We express our deep concern at test of a “thermonuclear explosive device for an intercontinental ballistic missile” announced by the DPRK on September 3….We cannot but regret the fact the DPRK leadership is creating grave threats to peace and security on the Korean Peninsular and the whole region by its actions” – Statement of the […]

AN EVOLVING THREAT TO THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET

AN EVOLVING THREAT TO THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET

China’s Land-based anti-ship missiles Over the past two decades China has committed significant resources towards developing an effective Anti-area/Access-Denial capability in its littoral zones and surrounding Seas. Chinese military forces have sought to integrate advancements made in missile technology and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) systems to create a credible and persistent threat to any […]

Tackling the turmoil within

Tackling the turmoil within

For a 3.29 million sq km sub-continental nation densely populated with 1.28 billion people of all faiths and creeds, and confronted by two hawkish adversaries on its frontiers, India has held itself together remarkably well. Since gaining independence from the British in 1947, the country has broken out of its mould to become the fastest […]

LATEST TERROR: Is London Bridge Falling Down?

LATEST TERROR: Is London Bridge Falling Down?

I live between, and only a kilometre or so from, the last two terrorist attacks in London. I was also in Liverpool Street station about to board a tube when the 7/7 bombings took place in 2005. On the 9th of February 1996, I was around the corner when the IRA set off their huge […]

The security implications of driverless vehicles

The security implications of driverless vehicles

This article is designed to help us think about the unthinkable. Mass produced motor vehicles have transformed our life in the past century or so. We are now apparently only a few years away from another dramatic transformation. But there is little public discussion in readiness for the new era. Henry Ford’s revolutionary method of […]

The Robocop Continuum - Confronting automated and robotic policing

The Robocop Continuum – Confronting automated and robotic policing

In July 2016, Dallas police deployed and detonated a remote controlled robot laden with explosives, resulting in the death of a sniper. This event drew widespread attention to robotics in policing, as this was the first time a robot had been used to kill outside the battlefield. However the use of robots to slay suspects, […]

Overhaul urged for Australian Biosecurity: The consequences of complacency could be irreparable

Overhaul urged for Australian Biosecurity: The consequences of complacency could be irreparable

The term ‘biosecurity’ often conjures images of biological decontamination units, letters containing Anthrax spores, remnants of State sponsored biowarfare programs, and laboratory created super viruses that have the potential to infect millions of people across the globe. Global discourse, along with some of the world’s most educated and influential people such as Bill Gates, warn […]