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National Security

Emerging Technologies and Converging Technologies

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Writer: Robert L Domenici

Tight budgets can provide historic opportunities for US and the defence industry.

Over the next decade, the US defence budget will face continuing pressure on all fronts. For much of the defence industry, cutbacks to legacy programmes represent a threat instead of an opportunity. By facing budgetary challenges head-on, however, suppliers can help reshape the defenses of the United States.

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Transformational and progressive roles in policing

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal

“Mindset: Continuous learning through innovation in practice and professionalism to achieve national coherence.”

“Simply put policing is a verb, meaning action – the quality and effectiveness of this action depends on wealth of knowledge, training and synchronisation within the various departments.”


Police departments need to develop into a learning organisation to be ahead, no longer can the departments rely on methods of the past to just recruit, train and conduct occasional specialised courses.  Learning organisations indulge in constant, regular empowerment and enhancement trainings along with refreshers, table-top planning exercises for rapid response (these are being conducted in western countries to improve the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare, protect and respond), on-the-job trainings and mentoring programmes so the senior level can lead the new officers and set leadership by example – efforts through this system bring a culture of dispersed leadership.

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Counter-Insurgency: OPSEC and Operational Art Paint a Different Picture

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal and Damien Martin
In traditional warfare the objective is to destroy the adversary and occupy the territory, the guerrilla’s aim and objective is to control the population. By using blind terrorism the insurgents win latent support and by selective terrorism they are able to isolate the counter-forces and terrorise the people into silence. Insurgents always start with a cause and nothing else; a counter-insurgent starts with everything else but the cause. Nepalese and Filipino Maoist outfits have long been suspected of providing rhetorical and material support to the CPI(M). Maoists are acquiring weapons through Bangladesh, Myanmar and possibly Nepal. Some members of the Communist Party of Philippines (CPP), one of the major communist insurgent outfits of the world, had met Indian Maoist leaders in Chhattisgarh. Agencies also claimed that CPI (Maoist) cadres are undergoing training in urban guerrilla warfare in different Indian cities

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Paramilitary: Positional Uncertainty Redefined

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal and Damien Martin
Is the Maoist movement gaining ground or has part of the insurgency relocated to surrounding states? AP is bordered by other states like Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra which all add saturation and hues to the Red Corridor. The Greyhounds have been effective in their campaigns, however without respective forces in other states isn’t the current strategy failing to eradicate or adequately suppress enemy activities? Utilising paramilitary forces is easier said than done. Maoists attempting to decimate Caste systems and positions of governmental power hold little value in the grand scheme to stabilise India and protect the people. Stalin and Mao were not in favour of education, instead opting for the lowest common denominator in their proletarian revolution. Science by its very nature is evidence-based. Marxism, Leninism and Maoism separate or collectively attribute to millions of deaths and crimes against humanity. How successful were these revolutions? Selling false hope in an intangible product is criminal and morally unacceptable. It begs the question, what exactly is the “people’s war”?

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The Rise of an Assertive China: An Australian View

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Writer: Ian Hall
A very candid Australian viewpoint on the rise of China. The most recent Australian Defence White Paper reaffirmed the US alliance and Australia’s commitment to it and called for further, deeper cooperation between like-minded states in the region, including India. But there is no doubt that the emergence of a more assertive China in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis has resulted in the intensification of debate in Australia about how to manage relations with it and intense discussion of alternatives to the current policies of ‘congagement’ and hedging. Hugh White, in his book, The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2012) argues that China’s growing military capabilities pose a significant challenge to what he calls American ‘primacy’ in the Asia-Pacific. That primacy, he asserts, rests upon the ‘hub-and-spokes’ alliance system the US created in the aftermath of the Second World War and which is looking like more of a liability than an advantage today and on America’s military might, especially its Pacific Fleet and the sizable forces it has on bases on Okinawa in Japan and in the Republic of Korea.

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