Graeme Dunk and James Kruger write: In a recent ASPI report, Robert Clark and Peter Jennings argued for the establishment of an Australian version of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Conceptually, it’s a very good suggestion. However, we need to think deeper about how to take advantage of Australia’s pools of private capital, which are among the largest in the world due to compulsory superannuation. The problem isn’t just about overcoming current budget allocation issues in universities. We need to industrialise innovation and marry it to our strategic purposes.
Michael Shoebridge writes: Changing Defence only matters if you care about Australia’s security and understand what’s happening in the world. Organisational reform and cultural change in the Defence Department and the Australian Defence Force have a long, painful history. The most recent iterations are the ‘Pathway to Change’ reform program, the first principles review and the new transformation strategy. There’s the Brereton inquiry report and its broader consequences and resulting actions—both internally for Defence and the ADF, and at a whole-of-government level through the prime minister’s establishment of the Office of the Special Investigator to address the potential criminal matters the inquiry raised.
Paul Dibb writes for The Strategist: In the face of an increasing torrent of abuse from Beijing, Canberra should seek a much clearer commitment from Washington that its United States ally will retaliate if China launches a missile attack against Australia.
go to The Strategist: China threatens Australia with missile attack | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)
Graeme Dobell for The Strategist: Australian industry is showing the appetite for ‘eating the elephant’, the big task of producing new defence equipment. A lot more of the defence elephant is going on to the plates of Australian companies.
RODGER SHANAHAN writes for The Interpreter: The Covid-19 pandemic has dominated global and local news to such an extent for the last 18 months that there remains room for little else. But the aftermath of military campaigns in the broader Middle East has continued to generate headlines. Most recently it was the debate over Canberra’s obligation to Afghans who assisted Australia during its 20-year campaign in Afghanistan.
Asha Barbaschow writes for ZD Net: Online retail marketplaces operating in Australia such as eBay, Amazon, Catch.com.au, and Kogan are the latest companies to fall under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) microscope, with the watchdog concerned about potential competition and consumer issues within that space.
go to ZD Net website: Amazon and eBay next in line for ACCC’s digital platforms assault | ZDNet
Chris Duckett writes for ZD Net: The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Thursday announced it has acquired a 25% stake in the company behind Tangerine and More Telecom, a pair of NBN retailers based in Melbourne.
go to ZD Net website: Commonwealth Bank takes up quarter stake in Tangerine and More Telecom | ZDNet
Aimee Chanthadavong writes for ZD Net: Australian IT service provider Interactive has expressed serious concerns that tech manufacturers are using tactics such as “digital locks” to control or limit access to firmware updates, which may ultimately harm consumers’ ability to easily repair their own electronic devices.