If the L'Estrange-Merchant review demonstrated the narrow, empire-building mentality of Australia's national security bureaucracy -- both those currently in office, and those who have since left -- its coverage has demonstrated the shallow gene pool of Australian national security commentary.

Detailed coverage of the report in the media has been paltry, and has relied heavily on the usual suspects from the national security and defence commentariat. Thus, the Financial Review today offers a review of former senior bureaucrats Michael L’Estrange and Stephen Merchant's report, from Rory Medcalf and offsider Jay Caldwell. Medcalf, who these days heads ANU's National Security College, is a former Office of National Assessments officer, diplomat and Defence White paper panellist. Caldwell is a former security bureaucrat from, inter alia, the Office of National Assessments.