Safeguarding Australia 2010

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    Threats and Responses Conference

    22 September 2010, Canberra
    Dinner Speaker – Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia

    Threat developments
    9:00 Welcome
    Professor John Baird, Rector, UNSW@ADFA
    9:05 Terrorism developments in Indonesia
    Sidney Jones
    Senior Adviser, Asia Program, International Crisis Group, Jakarta
    9:45 The Causes of Radicalisation and Methods of Engagement – Presentation
    Talal Rajab, Consultant, Quilliam – counter-extremism think tank (UK)
    10:30 Break
    11:00 Where is Al-Quaeda going?
    Leah Farrall, former senior Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst with the Australian Federal Police
    11:25 Counter-Insurgency Lessons from Sri Lanka
    Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe, Analyst, South Asian and Indian Ocean Region Politics and Security
    11:50 Counter-Insurgency Lessons from Sri Lanka
    Gordon Weiss, author of The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers
    12:05 The National Risk Assessment
    Dr Paul Barnes, Deputy Director of the Information Security Institute, Queensland University of Technology
    12:30 Break
    Response developments
    1:15 Law enforcement, emergency services and resilience
    Chair: Athol Yates, Director, Australian Security Research Centre
    Border and aviation security stream
    Chair: Professor Nara Srinivasan, Centre of Aviation and Security Studies, Edith Cowen University and Emirates Group Security
     1:20 Developments in the Australian Crime Commission
    Karen Harfield, Executive Director, Performance and Stakeholder Relations,Australian Crime Commission
    Developments in border security
    Mike Pezzullo, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
     1:50 Developments in serious and organisation crime
    Andrew Colvin, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Federal Police
    Predictive analytics – a visa lead approach to strengthening Australia’s borders – Presentation
    Gavin McCairns, First Assistant Secretary – Risk, Fraud and Integrity Division, Department of Immigration & Citizenship
     2:20 Developments in cyber crime –Presentation
    Michael Sentonas, Vice President and APAC Chief Technology Officer, McAfee
    Aviation security – Presentation
    Colonel Ahmed Al Hantoubi, Director of Federal Private Security Dept, Abu Dhabi Police (Presented by Professor Peter D’Arcy)
    2:50 Break
    3:20 The future of emergency services –Presentation
    Naomi Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
    Current challenges in Aviation Security and Border Management
    Professor Nara Srinivasan,  Centre of Aviation and Security Studies, Edith Cowen University and Emirates Group Security
     3:50 Resilience: Co-regulatory public/private partnerships for service continuity
    Michael Tafe, Defence and National Security Practice, Booz & Company
    Current challenges in Aviation Security and Border Management continued
     4:20 National security research update
    Short presentations by national security researchersChristina Bagas, University of Melbourne – Presentation
    Allan Watt, University South Australia – Presentation
    Chamila Liyanage, University of London – Presentation
    National security research update
    Short presentations by national security researchersAllison Casey, University of Tasmania –Presentation
    Helen Gilroy, University of New South Wales – Presentation
    Rebecca Heyer, University of Adelaide and Dragana Calic, University of Adelaide
     5:00 Redefining the Security Profession – Presentation
    Jason Brown, Chair, Australasian Council of Security Professionals/National Security Director, Thales
     5:15 Day 1 conclusion
     6:30 Conference networking drinks
     7:30 Conference dinner
    Dinner Speaker: 
    U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey L. Bleich

    Talal Ahmed Rajab
    Talal Ahmed Rajab is the ‘Aziz Bukhari Communities Officer’ at Quilliam and is the author of ‘Reprogramming British Muslims: A Study of the Islam Channel’, a research study on one of the largest Islamic satellite channels in the UK. Talal is also a senior Trainer and Consultant at Quilliam and is responsible for delivering training seminars around radicalisation and extremism and providing consultancy services to a wide network of organisations. His expertise lies in:

    • Explaining the phenomena of ‘home-grown’ radicalisation and the causes of alienation amongst Muslim communities in Europe and North America.
    • Highlighting the differences between Islam and Islamism
    • Chronicling the history of Islamist thought and evolution of Islamist-inspired violence

    As part of his outreach work Talal focuses on developing closer ties with moderate, grassroots Muslim organisations, organising lectures and seminars at schools and colleges and meeting high profile Muslim activists and personnel. Talal is a regular contributor to the media, appearing on Fox News, BBC London News, The BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’, BBC Asian News and LBC radio.  He has also written a number of articles for ‘The Independent’ and has delivered lectures on radicalisation and extremism to military personnel and law enforcement officials across the UK and North America. Talal holds a BA Hons in ‘Politics and History’ from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Masters in ‘The History of International Relations’ from the London School of Economics (LSE). Talal previously was an intern at the London-based publication ‘Africa Analysis’ and also an intern at the independent consulting firm ‘Good Governance Group’ that provides strategic advice to global companies.

    Sidney Jones
    Sidney Jones and Crisis Group’s South East Asian analysts based in Jakarta prepare analytical reports on the sources of conflict and violence in the region, with a particular focus on Indonesia. She has examined separatist conflicts (Aceh and Papua, Mindanao); communal conflicts (Poso, Moluccas); and ethnic conflict (Kalimantan). Her team has also looked at Islamic radicalism, producing a series of reports on Jemaah Islamiyah and its operations in Indonesia and the Philippines. It also looks at issues of security sector reform and decentralisation in Indonesia.

    Professor John Baird
    John Baird was born and raised in Brisbane.  Following his matriculation, he spent five years as a stockman in the Northern Territory and Cape York.  He then moved to Canberra and enrolled at the ANU where he studied science.  After graduating with a BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Physics specialising in hypersonics, he was appointed Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the UNSW Faculty of Military Arts, Duntroon where he taught courses in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.  In 1984, he transferred to the University College, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).  His research interests included hypersonics and the engineering applications of optical systems.

    During his time at ADFA Professor Baird maintained an active national and international consultancy primarily in laser safety, and gas dynamics. Major clients have included FluiDyne Engineering Corporation of the USA, Interatom Gmbh of Germany, BAE Systems (UK and Australia), Visiboard, Telstra, and the Department of Defence.

    Professor Baird was appointed as the Rector of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) on 20 September 2004. Professor Baird is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of the Board of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.

    Leah Farrall
    Leah Farrall is a former senior Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analyst with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). During her time with the AFP, Leah served as the organization’s al Qaeda expert  and worked on a range of international and domestic counter terrorism investigations. She also served as the senior Intelligence Analyst in the AFP’s Jakarta Regional Cooperation Team (JRCT) in Indonesia and at the AFP’s Forward Operating Post in response to the second Bali bombings. Prior to joining the AFP, Leah taught at the University of Queensland, where she coordinated the Terrorism and Insurgency in World Politics course.

    Leah specializes on al Qaeda’s use of information communications technology for operational and propaganda purposes. She has presented extensively on this topic to a range of government and academic forums. Her research interests are terrorist operational networks, radicalization and de-radicalization trajectories, militant salafist propaganda and recruitment, and social network analysis.

    Leah has also worked in private industry in Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. She is currently a private counter terrorism consultant and blogs about counter terrorism issues at Leah is also working on several book projects while awaiting the finalization of her PhD on al Qaeda and militant salafist jihad.

    Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
    Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe is an analyst specializing in South Asian and Indian Ocean Region politics and security, with particular interest in geopolitics and counterinsurgency. He is a regular contributor to Defence Review Asia, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and Asian Defence and Diplomacy and has in addition published his work in Janes Intelligence Review, The Diplomat, The Australian and the Australian Financial Review. Sergei is presently undertaking his Masters by Research at Curtin University and is analysing the evolution of Australia’s defence policy in the Indian Ocean Region.

    Dr Gordon Weiss
    Gordon Weiss is the author of The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers, which will be published globally by Random House in the UK, and in Australasia by Macmillan next year. Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and a consultant to the energy industry. Returned to Australia in January after 15 years abroad working in various capacities for the UN and the OSCE in the Balkans, the Caucasus, former Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South and South-East Asia. He was the UN’s communications advisor and spokesman in Sri Lanka for three years until December last year, and as an impartial observer watched the final phase of the war.

    Dr Paul Barnes
    Dr Paul Barnes is a Deputy Director in the Information Security Institute (and Coordinator of the ISI Risk & Crisis Management Research domain) and a Senior Lecturer within the School of Management at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane – Australia.  His professional and research interests include resilience in critical infrastructure systems, organisational vulnerability and supply chain security as well as analyses of broader socio-technical threats.

    He has completed projects for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies on trade security and gaps in counter terrorism capability and capacity planning, and the Office of the National Security Adviser (Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet) on options for developing national risk assessment processes.

    Before returning to academia he held a number of public sector roles including: Manager, State Public Safety Unit (Queensland Fire & Rescue Service); Corporate Risk Manager (Queensland Department of Primary Industries); and Director of Security Policy Development within the Defence Security Authority, Dept of Defence in Canberra.

    Nick O’Brien
    Before joining Charles Sturt University, Nick O’Brien represented the UK Association of Chief Police Officers – Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee (ACPO-TAM) and all the UK police forces as the Counter Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officer (CTELO) at the British High Commission in Canberra. Nick covered Australasia and had a ‘watching brief’ on the Asia and the Pacific region.

    Prior to this posting Nick was in charge of International Terrorism Operations in Special Branch at New Scotland Yard. He also had responsibility for the National Terrorist Financial Investigations Unit (NTFIU) and International Liaison.

    Nick has had national responsibility for all Special Branch training in the United Kingdom. Nick represented the UK at the G8 Counter Terrorist Practitioners Meetings and was the author of the G8 paper on ‘Best Practices in Dealing with Suicide Terrorism’. Nick has visited both Sri Lanka and Israel to study the phenomenon of suicide attacks. Nick has also represented the UK at Europol and the European Police Working Group on Terrorism.

    Nick has spoken on Counter Terrorism at Conferences in Europe , New Zealand , Australia , Singapore , Thailand , Canada , Fiji , Tonga , Vanuatu and Malaysia.

    Karen Harfield
    Ms Karen Harfield is the Executive Director of Performance and Stakeholder Relations at the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). She joined the ACC in 2008. Ms Harfield began her policing career in 1992 and progressed through a range of roles to Chief Superintendent with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies. Other roles have included:

    • Detective Chief Inspector with the National Crime Squad.
    • Director of Intelligence with Warwickshire Police.
    • Senior Investigating Officer for homicide and specialist covert investigations.

    In 2000 Ms Harfield was selected to attend the US Government International Visitors Program (IVP). For more than 60 years, the International Visitor Program has brought foreign leaders and specialists to the United States for firsthand exposure to their professional counterparts and US society. The emphasis of the program is to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels. Ms Harfield holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and is a published author with Oxford University Press on topics of covert investigation and intelligence.

    Michael Pezzullo
    Michael Pezzullo took up the position of Chief Operating Officer in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in July 2009.

    Previously he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence from January 2006. In this role, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence’s international security relationships, and delivering national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also overseen the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.

    Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division. In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving 5 years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.

    In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.

    Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

    Mr Pezzullo has a BA(Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, strategy, international relations, intelligence, political biography and philosophy, for starters).

    Andrew Colvin
    Deputy Commissioner Colvin is the AFP Deputy Commissioner Operations and had responsibility for the Serious and Organised Crime, and Crime Operations portfolios of the AFP. Andrew has been an AFP Officer since 1990 and previously held the post of National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism managing the national and international aspects of the AFP’s response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriott bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing. Andrew was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the 2002 Bali bombing investigation and was subsequently promoted to Commander where he played a lead role in developing the framework for what is now the Counter Terrorism portfolio of the AFP. In June of 2008 Andrew was named in the Queen’s Birthday honors list and awarded the Australian Police Medal.In May 2010, he commenced his appointment as the Deputy Commissioner Operations. As Deputy Commissioner Operations Andrew has responsibility for the Serious and Organised Crime, and Crime Operations portfolios of the AFP.

    Gavin McCairns
    I joined DIAC (then DIMIA/DIMA) in November 2005, as First Assistant Secretary leading the DIMA National Project, drawing together many of the themes around developing a better “connected culture” in DIMA. I commenced as NSW State Director in June 2006 and started as the First Assistant Secretary of RFID in December 2009. I am: a member of a number of DIAC Corporate Governance Committees; an Executive Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (2006); an alumnus of the Commonwealth Study Conference (2003); and a Board Member of the NSW Division of the Australia Day Council.

    Michael Sentonas
    Michael Sentonas is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for McAfee in the Asia Pacific region. In this capacity, he collaborates closely with customers and partners to harness market trends, drive innovation and lead research and product development. Michael has over thirteen years experience in the IT industry, focusing on internet security solutions with past roles including sales engineering & services, software development, security consulting and management. He is recognised for his unique understanding of the security market and technology insights. Michael holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Science from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

    Naomi Brown
    Naomi Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) since December 2006. Naomi is also a Board member of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC).

    Naomi took up the role of Director Community Safety at the Country Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria in 2003. She had previously worked in her home state of Western Australia with the WA Fire and Emergency Services (FESA) for five years. She spent time there as Executive Director Community Safety and also Executive Director State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

    She has a Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Diplomas in Special Education and Business and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

    Michael Tafe
    After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Michael spent 13 years as a Cavalry Officer in various Regimental appointments in the Australian Army, including operational service in East Timor. After discharging in 2004, Michael spent two years as Senior Projects Manager, Security, for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, before completing a number of private consulting engagements back to State and Federal governments on counter-terrorism policy regulation. At the end of 2007, he joined Booz & Company (previously Booz Allen Hamilton), as a member of their global Defence and National Security Practice.

    Jeffrey Bleich
    Jeffrey Bleich was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 2009, to be the U.S. Ambassador to Australia and presented his credentials in Canberra on November 26, 2009. Mr. Bleich previously served as Special Counsel to the President at the White House. From 1995 to 2009, he was a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he was recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers. Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Bleich has had a long-standing commitment to international law. After clerking for Judge Howard Holtzmann at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and acting as Special Rapporteur to the International Court of Arbitration, he assisted the Special Prosecutor for the International Tribunal for the Former-Yugoslavia. He has taught international human rights at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, and written and lectured extensively on the international criminal court.