A new book by national security journalist Brian Toohey reminds us that while the secretive Pine Gap is on Australian soil, it's the US calling the shots — and ministers are expected to fall in line.
The US military has long had a presence in the Top End. And from the looks of things, its only going to get bigger.
Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.
The Australian Defence Force will be inordinately affected by future humanitarian crises and military conflicts resulting from climate change. How it acts today will prove crucial.
The encryption fiasco isn't the only capitulation recently made in the name of Australia's national security.
What makes a protectionist? Willingness to waste money, or true faith in the power of trade barriers?
Over and over, the history of intelligence services in Australia is that the only people made to suffer are those who reveal wrongdoing or incompetence.
The senator, who has seen a rapid advancement up the ranks of Labor, brought an approach to questioning a Senate reference committee that left Defence representatives scratching their heads.
While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.