Safeguarding Australia 2006

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    The three day Safeguarding Australia Summit & Exposition provided a comprehensive understanding of the key policy, operational and technological developments in national security.

    Summit themes

    • Homegrown terrorism
    • The changing Government security agenda
    • Implementing mass gathering security
    • UK and US security priorities
    • Coping with catastrophic disasters
    • Public security awareness strategies
    • Incident response capabilities

    The Summit included the RNSA Security Technology Conference – presenting key developments in science, engineering and technology.

    Designed for the most influential decision makers from Australia’s national security community, this ground-breaking Summit examined the key strategies taking place within Australia’s homeland security sector.

    This fifth Safeguarding Australia Summit was the leading government, business and academic event in the calendar of the homeland security community. It offered an unrivalled opportunity for attendees to learn about and discuss new trends that are shaping Australia’s homeland security strategies as they adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

    Conference objectives

    • To examine the emerging key strategies within the homeland security sector and related issues where change may be required
    • To critically examine the prospects for home-grown terrorism and the consequent impact on Australia’s national security
    • To learn from the practices and homeland security action plans of other countries
    • To draw on the resources of delegates to further develop awareness of Australian homeland security
    • To identify critical next steps forward for the national security community

    Conference outcomes

    • A clearer perspective on the key challenges in Australian homeland security policy
    • Continued support for national efforts to progress Australia’s homeland security


    Who attended

    • Senior representatives from the military and law enforcement communities
    • Senior State & Local government administrators
    • Strategic and intelligence analysts
    • Risk and security managers
    • Emergency services and health professionals
    • Critical infrastructure owners and operators
    • Engineers, scientists and technologists
    • Corporate and business executives
    Day 1 – 19 September 2006
    Session 1: Welcome and Official Opening
    Summit moderator: Dr Ian Wing, President, Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers
    Chair: Dr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    9:05 WelcomeProfessor John Baird, Rector, UNSW@ADFA
    9:10 Australian Government initiatives and policy directions after the London bombings of 2005Mr Robert Cornall, Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department
    Session 2: The fifth anniversary: US experience with homeland security
    Chair: Geoff Rhodes, General Manager, Australia and Asia Pacific, Tenix Datagate
    9:35 US Report Card: Message from the future – The strategic directory of homeland securityDr. Dave McIntyre, Director, Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University, USA
    10:35 Chair: Dr Anthony Bergin, Director of Research Programs, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
    Session 3: Directions for Australian counter-terrorism policy and practice
    11:05 Where is the Government taking Australia on counter-terrorism?

    • Gerard Henderson, Executive Director, The Sydney Institute
    • Geoffrey Barker, Senior Foreign Affairs and Defence Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
    • Professor Ian McAllister, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
    • The Hon. Arch Bevis, MP, Shadow Minister for Homeland Security, Aviation and Transport Security
    12:15 Chair: Dr Grant Wardlaw, National Manager – Intelligence, Australian Federal Police
    Session 4: Home grown terrorism emerges
    After 7/7: Understanding and countering home grown terrorism in the UK
    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, Head, Anti-Terrorist Branch, Metropolitan Police, UK
    Session 5: Home grown terrorism in Australia?

    The potential for home grown terrorism

    • Dr Samina Yasmeen, Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia
    • Professor Abdullah Saeed, Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Head of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne
    • Professor Desmond Cahill, Professor of Intercultural Studies, RMIT University
    • Dr Ameer Ali, Chairman, Muslim Community Reference Group
    • Federal Agent Frank Prendergast, National Manager, Counter Terrorism, Australian Federal Police
    Chair: Martin Studdert, Executive Director, Protective Security Coordination Centre

    Preventative tools for countering home grown terrorism

    • Dr Waqar Ahmad, Improving Crisis Management sub-group, Muslim Community Reference Group
    • Don Williams, International Association of. Bomb Technicians & Investigators
    • Geoff McDonald, Assistant Secretary, Security Law, Attorney-General’s Department
    • Chris Cass, Partner, Forensic, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
    6:30 Networking Drinks, Foyer, National Convention Centre
    7:30 Summit Dinner, Ballroom, National Convention CentreThe US-Australian Alliance Under Bush and Howard, Greg Sheridan, Foreign Affairs Editor, The Australian
    PLENARY SUMMITDay 2 – 20 September 2006
    9:00 WelcomeSummit moderator: Dr Ian Wing, President, Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers
    Session 6: National Resilience: British approaches to dealing with major disaster
    Chair: Jason L Brown, General Manager Country Security, ADI Limited
    9:05 UK developments in homeland security
    Dr Sandra Bell, Director, Homeland Security and Resilience Department, Royal United Services Institute, UK
    Session 7: Experience and technology in responding to critical national security challenges
    10:05 Dealing with crisis coordination – Cleaning up after Cyclone Larry
    May Boisen, Business Manager, Telstra Country Wide Far North, Graeme Schmid, Major Incident Manager, Telstra
    10:35 Using technology to assist government agencies in the identification and isolation of potential threats to homeland securityJohn Slitz, Vice President, IBM Entity Analytics
    Chair: Rebecca Irwin, Assistant Secretary, Domestic Security Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Session 8: Terrorism – Prevention and preperation
    Protection against suicide terrorists
    Superintendent Nicholas O’Brien, Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officer, British High CommissionDefence aid to the civil power
    Murray Perks, Assistant Secretary, Strategic Policy, Department of DefencePlanning to protect mass gatherings

    Mike Rothery, Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Attorney-General’s Department

    Major General Peter Dunn (Ret.), former Emergency Services Commissioner, ACT
    Session 9: Coping with catastrophic disasters
    1:45 Review of Australia’s ability to respond to and recover from catastrophic disasters
    Tony Pearce, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia & Chair, Catastrophic Disaster Emergency Management Capability Working Group
    2:30 The medical response in a catastrophic disasterDr John Graham, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital
    3:00 The way forward in Australian counter-disaster response
    David Templeman, former Director-General, Emergency Management Australia and Senior Volunteer Member, National Staff, St John Ambulance Australia
    Chair: Jack Waterford, Editor at Large, Canberra Times
    Session 10: Boosting public awareness

    Communications and public involvement

    • Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, Head, Anti-Terrorist Branch, Metropolitan Police, UK
    • Dr. Dave McIntyre, Director, Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University, USA
    • Professor Gary Bouma, Professor of Sociology and Head, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University
    • David Finlayson Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs, Attorney-General’s Department
    • David Templeman, former Director-General, Emergency Management Australia and Senior Volunteer Member, National Staff, St John Ambulance Australia
    7:00 Networking dinner for Members of the RNSA at the National Press Club Information
    Day 2 – 20 September 2006
    • Seminar A: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Security & Technology Seminar
    • Seminar B: National ICT Australia (NICTA) Security & Technology Seminar
    Seminar AGlobal Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Security & Technology Seminar
    11:30 WelcomeFernando Gesto, GNSS Seminar Convener, School of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, UNSW@ADFA
    11:35 GNSS – Society’s Dependence on a Fragile TechnologyProf. Don Sinnott, Former Chairman, Australian GNSS Coordination Committee and Adjunct Professor of Radar Systems, University of Adelaide
    12:05 GNSS Security and its Implications to Critical InfrastructureProf. Kurt Kubik, University of Queensland
    1:40 European Navigation Policy and Galileo – Framework for Australian Based ApplicationsLynne Hunter, Adviser, Delegation of the European Commission
    2:05 Galileo Security Issues – A European PerspectiveDr Chris Wullems, Technical Director, Qascom, Italy
    2:30 GPS as an Aid for Law Enforcement and Remote Emergency ResponseLindsay Ross, OmniTRACK, OmniSTAR (Australia) PTY LTD
    2:55 GNSS Security and Hazardous Materials Tracking: A Case StudyDr Chris Wullems, Technical Director, Qascom, Italy
    4:00 Panel Discussion on the future of GNSS security and technologyChair: Prof. Don Sinnott
    7:00 for 7:30 Networking dinner for Members of the RNSA at the National Press ClubInformation
    Day 3 – 21 September 2006
    Security Technology Conference -convened by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA)
    9:00 WelcomeA/Prof Priyan Mendis, Convener, RNSA
    9:10 Critical Infrastructure Protection Modelling and Analysis Program (CIPMA)Michael Jerks, Attorney-General’s Department and Greg Scott, Geoscience Australia
    Panel on the challenges and opportunities in establishing joint industry, research institution and government projects

    • Dr Richard Davis, National Security Science and Technology Unit, Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • Mike Rothery, Mike Rothery, Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Attorney-General’s Department
    • Jason Brown, ADI Limited
    • A/Prof Priyan Mendis, University of Melbourne


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    An update on full scale blast tests in Woomera 2006
    John Ramsay, A/Prof Priyan Mendis and R.Lumantarna, APTES, The University of Melbourne
    Transport network reliaility and security implications
    Prof Michael Bell, Imperial College, UK
    Threat and fraud intelligence
    John Slitz, Vice President, IBM Entity Analytics
    A Multimodal Biometric System for User Authentication
    Vamsi Krishna Madasu, Queensland University of Technology
    Polymer reinforced CRC for improved performance under close-in detonations
    B. Riisgaard, A. Gupta and T. Ngo, APTES, The University of Melbourne
    Intelligent video (behaviour analysis) solutions for critical infrastructure
    Michael Henson, QOLiT Pty Ltd
    An engineering-level tool for predicting airblast loads behind blast perimeter barriers and their effectiveness
    Dr Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong
    Development of the RNSA transport strategy for Australia: considerations for passengers and freight
    Prof Mike Taylor, University of SA
    Redundancy and Resilience: A Contingent Approach to Risk Management
    Dr Kevin Foster, Connell Wagner
    An Adaptive Rule-based Intrusion Detection Architecture
    Kamran Shafi, Hussein Abbass, and Weiping Zhu, UNSW@ADFA
    Blast Reliability Curves and Pressure-Impulse Curves: Complementary Information for Decision Makers
    Michael Netherton
    University of Newcastle
    Paths to radicalisation and other research of the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre
    Athol Yates, Luke Howie & Chad Whelan
    HazWatch – Providing an up to date, common operating picture
    Mark Carniello, Cooperative Research for Spatial Information
    On Securing Wireless Access to Government Information Systems
    Rupinder Gill, Queensland University of Technology
    Dynamics of Inelastic Plates Subjected to Blast Loading
    Dr Gregory Szuladzinski, Analytical Service Co
    Technical aspects of ground security
    Dean Vey, NR Pty Ltd
    The success and failure factors for incident management systems
    Rob Bailey, Online Risk Management
    Computer Profiling to Assist Computer Forensic Investigations
    Andrew Marrington, Queensland University of Technology

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    Imagery Intelligence

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    Numerical Simulation of Blast Wave Interaction with Structure Columns
    Yanchao Shi, Hong Hao & Zhong-Xian Li, University of Western Australia
    Early Detection and Prevention of World Nuclear Threats Research and Development done in Australia
    Prof Carl Munoz-Ferrada, Gammasonics Institute of Medical Research
    Imagery Intelligence for emergency management, intelligence and critical infrastructure
    John Douglas, Apogee Imaging International
    Ensuring the Integrity of Australia’s e-Court Process
    Dr Lauren May, Queensland University of Technology
    Smart Fence – Perimeter Security for Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Emanuel Stafilidis, Connell Wagner
    A framework for estimating direct costs and human casualties of hazards
    Leorey Marquez, & Raden Kusumo, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences
    Enabling collaboration and increasing user capability using IP-based systems
    Dr Daniel Floreani, Global Defence Space and Security, Cisco Systems
    The AVIAN Flu Tracker- Containing Pandemics through the Application of Location-Based Services
    Dr Katina Michael,  Muhlbauer, Nicholls, Berry, Stroh University of Wollongong
    Blast Resistant Windows and Doors
    Rod Acland
    Diebold Australia
    How the concept of ethnicity can inform our understanding of the potential impact of security-related technology upon work practices and society
    Paul Bennett & Lucy Resnyansky. DSTO
    Capability Assessment for Communications and Information Systems in Critical Incident Environments
    Slade P. Beard, University of NSW & KAZ Technology Services
    The Requirement for Australia to have an Enhanced
    National Video and Imagery Recognition Surveillance System

    Ken Webb, Edith Cowan University
    Ductal® – An Ultra-High Performance Material for Resistance to Blasts and Impacts
    Brian Cavil
    VSL Australia
    A new manifesto for Smartcards as national information infrastructure
    Stephen Wilson, Lockstep Consulting
    Balanced Target Hardening:Protecting Australian Academic Institutions from Terrorism
    Dr Alexey D. Muraviev, Curtin University
    Crisis Mobile Communications Technology Developments
    Jeromy Wells, Crisis Mobile

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    Detection of concealed threats using sub-THz imaging technologies
    Andrew Hellicar, CSIRO
    The Role of Government Relative to Security and Privacy Issues arising from the Introduction of New Technologies – an Australian-European Comparison
    Prof Lynn Batten, Deakin University
    How to communicate with the public in the time of a crisis
    Dennis Benjamin, Informatel Group
    Risk modelling of SCADA Communications
    Robert Dawson, Queensland University of Technology
    Datatrace DNA®: A Rapid, Secure, Field-Based System for Tracking & Authentication of Sensitive Materials
    Dr Gerry Swiegers, VP Strategic Research, DatatraceDNA DataDot/CSIRO Joint Venture
    Information Security and Civil Society Organisations
    Mark Carey-Smith, Queensland University of Technology
    Melbourne as a Terrorist Target and the Human Response
    Luke Howie, Monash University
    Defining and Measuring Resilience in Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Dr Paul Barnes, Queensland University of Technology
    Remote Sensing – Emerging Technologies
    Nick Weber, XTEK
    Mitigating the threat of counterfeiting to international security through public awareness
    Dr Eleni Petraki & Zhou Bo, University of Canberra
    Understanding Human Attitudes to Location-Based Counter-Terrorism Measures
    Holly Tootell, University of Wollongong
    Security Risk Assessment
    Lester Sutton, Honeywell Automation & Control Systems
    On-chip separation of CWA degradation products for high sensitivity detection
    Yonggang Zhu & Karolina Petkovic-Duran, CSIRO
    Deployable Villages – Maximising Field Efficiency
    Peter Murphy , OPEC Systems
    Night time CCTV, Surveillance, Perimeter Protection
    D. Ishchenko, J. Watson, E.Guyot, S. Lelièvre, N. Jdanoff
    Applied Infrared Sensing
    Inter-Agency Transactions of Risk Within a National Security Architecture
    Dr Rick Nunes-Vaz, DSTO
    A/Prof Priyan Mendis, Convener, RNSA, to award “Best Paper” and sum up the conference
    Prof Joseph Lai, UNSW@ADFA
    Prof Ed Dawson, Queensland University of Technology
    Networking drinks, Foyer, National Convention Centre




    Dr David H. McIntyre, Director of the Texas A&M University Integrative Center for Homeland Security, USA

    Dr McIntyre teaches and directs the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Program at The Bush School for Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. A nationally recognized expert in national and homeland security, Dr McIntyre has seen extensive Army service and has been working in those areas with senior levels of government for 18 years. Between 2001 and 2003, he served as Deputy Director of the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, the United States’ only not-for-profit think tank specialising in homeland security.

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner P J M Clarke CVO QPM LL.B

    Peter Clarke was born in 1955 and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1977 after graduating in Law from Bristol University. In the early part of his career he worked at a number of locations in London in both uniform and detective roles, including periods on murder enquiries and in international drugs intelligence.

    There followed postings in strategic planning, as operations head in a central London division, and as Staff Officer to the Commissioner. In 1994 he became the Commander of Brixton Division in South London and was in post during an outbreak of serious public disorder. In 1997 he assumed command of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department, with responsibility for the protection and security of the Royal Family and their residences, the diplomatic community in London and the Houses of Parliament. In June 2000 he became the Deputy Director of Personnel for the Metropolitan Police, and in June 2002 was appointed as Head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard and National Co-ordinator for Terrorist Investigations.

    He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2002, was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2001 and awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2003.

    Dr Sandra Bell, Director of Homeland Security and Resilience Programs, Royal United Services Institute, UK

    Dr Bell’s responsibility at the RUSI is to stimulate debate about policy options, technology and practices in homeland security and national resilience. Dr Bell received a PhD in military science from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, studying personnel blast protection. For five years she ran QinetiQ’s (formerly the Defence Research Agency) Evolution of Warfare studies with the Ministry of Defence Policy Directorate. This program included research such as virtually supported wargames into high impact, low probability events, non-lethal warfare and technologies relevant to homeland security in response to the 9-11 attacks.

    Tony Pearce, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia

    Tony Pearce commences his appointment as Director General – Emergency Management Australia on 14 August 2006. Tony has spent 26 years in the intelligence and emergency management sectors. He spent 9 years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an Intelligence Analyst (imagery) before commencing with the emergency services. After leaving the RAAF he spent twelve years with Ambulance Service Victoria in senior operations management positions responsible for emergency management and major incident response planning functions and is a qualified Paramedic. Two and a half years in the position of Deputy Director of the Victoria State Emergency Service preceded a move to the role of Director Emergency Management and Security in the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner in July 2003. This extensive period of involvement has seen Tony work across the emergency management continuum, commencing as a ‘hands on’ emergency responder and progressing to senior operations management positions before moving into senior government policy development roles.

    Tony holds an Associate Diploma of Health Science, a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Catholic University, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Melbourne University and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

    Tony’s emergency management background is extensive and he has for many years been a regular participant in forums dealing with national issues. Between 2004 and 2006 he Chaired the national Catastrophic Disasters Emergency Management Capability Review Working Group on behalf of the Australian Emergency Management Committee and in 2005 was also a member of the Prime Ministers Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Tsunami Working Group following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

    Athol Yates, Executive Director, Australia Homeland Security Research Centre

    Athol Yates specialises in analysing national security policy and the role played by the private sector in enhancing national security.

    He has written extensively on the subject as well as giving a large number of invited presentations. Athol qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, GradDip Soviet Studies, and Masters of Public Policy.

    He is the editor of the Australian Homeland Security Market Insight and the National Security Practice Notes.

    His work as the Associate Director at Engineers Australia resulted in him publishing the following reports: Engineering a Safer Australia: Protecting Critical Infrastructure and the Built Environment, and Queensland Infrastructure in the Age of Terrorism.