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INSIGHT: Cyber and information warfare – MAJGEN Marcus Thompson AM, Department of Defence

Marcus Thompson

Major General Marcus Thompson AM has been the head of the information warfare division at the Department of Defence since its establishment in 2017.

Major General Marcus Thompson AM has been the head of the information warfare division at the Department of Defence since its establishment in 2017.


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MAJGEN Thompson joins hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper on this episode of Defence Connect Insight Podcast to discuss what prompted the formation of the division, and how his strategy strikes a balance between reactively responding to emerging threats and proactively looking to the future.

The Major General outlines the qualities he looks for in recruiting talent to his team, the important distinction between national resilience and security, and the role of the ADF and more specifically, his division, in responding to significant events such as COVID-19 and the Australian bushfires.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 288: PODCAST: Preparing tomorrow's war fighters, with MAJGEN Mick Ryan
Episode 287: PODCAST: Discussing the latest breaking news in Australian defence and defence industry
Episode 286: PODCAST: Examining the Peever review, with Dr Gregor Ferguson
Episode 285: PODCAST: Developing sovereign test and evaluation capabilities with Greg Barsby, managing director of QinetiQ Australia
Episode 284: PODCAST: Unpacking the sub debate – Christopher Skinner
Episode 283: PODCAST: Assessing China’s grey zone operations – Dr Peter Layton
Episode 282: PODCAST: Media and the modern battlespace – Dr Charles Knight
Episode 281: PODCAST: Building a more resilient Australia with Commodore (Ret’d) Vince Di Pietro
Episode 280: PODCAST: The submarine story no one wants to hear, with ANU’s Professor Roger Bradbury
Episode 279: PODCAST: Unpacking AUKUS — Australia’s nuclear submarine deal

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