Australia’s Medicine Supply Chain Is Vulnerable

03/16/2020
By Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (Retd) & Anne Borzycki, IIER-A In February 2020, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) reported that Australia is dangerously dependent on imported medicine. The report referenced by the AFR was published last month by the Institute for Integrated Economic Research – Australia(IIER-A). The report highlighted that…

Building the Australian Offshore Patrol Vessel: Contributing to and Leveraging the Integrated Distributed Force

03/06/2020
By Robbin Laird For the past few years, I have been visiting Australia to participate in and to write the reports for the bi-annual seminars held by the Williams Foundation which focus on defense transformation by the ADF in a changing strategic environment. In the course of this work, it…

Japanese SDF Disaster Relief Activities in the Commonwealth of Australia

03/02/2020
In response to the bushfire in the Commonwealth of Australia, the MOD/JSDF dispatched a Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Team (Japan Self-Defense Forces Units) including two JASDF C-130H Transport Aircraft and approx. 70 personnel to transport firefighters and goods on January 15th, 2020. The bushfire in Australia has been raging since…

Australia’s Medicine Supply: A Case Study in Security and Resilience?

02/16/2020
The Institute for Integrated Economic Research - Australia has just released a report looking at Australia’s medical supply chain. The report notes that “Australia imports over 90% of medicines and is at the end of a very long global supply chain making the nation vulnerable to supply chain disruptions. Recently,…

Europe and Its Borders: FRONTEX Builds Out its Force

01/23/2020
Clearly, the migration crisis in Europe has generated fundamental pressures for change. According to Chloe-Alexandra Laird: "The migration crises, due to its multiple trigger points, should not be considered as only one crisis but as many that intertwine and currently impedes European progress to move forward. "The major influx of…

Operation Bushfire Assist: The Australian Defence Force Responds

01/13/2020
By Andrew McLaughlin The Federal government has mobilized the ADF to support rescue and recovery operations for the ongoing bushfire crisis affecting NSW and Victoria. Following a National Security Committee of Cabinet meeting on January 4, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds, and Chief of Defence Force…

Nigeria Builds Out Maritime Capacity in 2020

01/07/2020
By defemceWeb The Nigerian Navy (NN) plans to take delivery of 41 new vessels in 2020, including patrol boats, interceptors and a hydrographic survey vessel. In mid-December, the Nigerian Navy’s head of policy and plans Rear Admiral Beegroy Ibe-Enwo said it will receive new vessels from France, Malaysia, Vietnam and…