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Ballistic missiles and the ‘½ rule’

By Rod Lyon North Korea’s ballistic missile tests are indeed a roller-coaster ride. After a string of failures in its recent ballistic missile testing program, with some missiles failing almost immediately after launch, last...

National security wrap

By Patrick Kennedy, Madeleine Nyst, Sophie Qin and Zoe Glasson The Beat First responders fear fentanyl The rising incidence of fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic painkiller that can be inhaled or absorbed through the...

China’s PLAN—breaking out to blue waters

By Eli Huang On 25 December 2016, the PLAN deployed its Liaoning carrier group beyond the First Island Chain for the first time, in what many considered to be a warning to Taipei after...

Opening Australia’s extractive data for development

By Jessie Cato Tracking Australian mining, oil and gas companies around the world is challenging. Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay...

The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

By Russell Berman, The Atlantic The Trump administration is pledging to audit the Department of Defense for the first time in its history while simultaneously demanding a record spending increase. Can it do both?...

Freedom for Chelsea Manning

By Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic She spent seven years of a 35-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth military facility in Kansas. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Cyber security woes: WannaCry?

For the average user, questions about access and secure use of the internet can be rather abstract. Or at least they were until last week when businesses, institutions and citizens across the globe fell...

Is Indonesia a future threat to Australia?

By Paul Dibb Following last week’s decision by an Indonesian court to jail the former governor of Jakarta—Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)—for two years for blasphemy, we need to ask ourselves whether Indonesia is heading...

Cyber wrap

By Michael Chi This week one of the largest ransomware incidents to date, ‘WannaCrypt’ or ‘WannaCry’, affected the operations of at least 300,000 machines worldwide, encrypting and locking victims out until a Bitcoin ransom...

Chelsea Manning and the case against Edward Snowden

By Jacinta Carroll With Chelsea Manning’s release from prison imminent, following the surprise commutation of her sentence in January by former President Obama, the issue of what happens to Edward Snowden will resurface. Manning...

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