In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, John Blaxland, Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, at the Australian National University, weighs in on Australia’s defence and national security agenda.
Professor Blaxland, a veteran of the Australian Army, begins by explaining how he transitioned into a career in academia, and reflects on his latest work.
He notes the growing interest in international security education among young Australians, and the value of increased geopolitical awareness in preparing the nation for future challenges.
The Army veteran then discusses current and emerging threats to Australia’s peace and security, particularly following the ramp up in grey-zone aggression from China.
Professor Blaxland goes on to question whether the ADF is adequately equipped to respond to new and emerging threats, given the changing nature of warfare.
The ANU professor concludes by proposing short and long-term recommendations aimed at advancing Australia’s place in the world and establishing an inter-generational security framework.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
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Episode 260: INSIGHT: Backing AIC — Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price & shadow minister Matt Keogh
Episode 258: INSIGHT: A blueprint for national resilience — Senator James Paterson
Episode 257: PODCAST: Strengthening the defence ecosystem — Scott Carpendale, VP and MD of Boeing Defence Australia
Episode 256: INSIGHT: The future of air power with Northrop Grumman chief executive Chris Deeble and leading defence science expert Dr Jackie Craig
Episode 255: INSIGHT: Building a future-ready workforce — SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni
Episode 254: INSIGHT: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on foreign affairs, defence and trade – Senator David Fawcett