Wednesday, March 16, 2016

After 40 years, Five-Eyes is out in the open

So far, much of the analysis of the Australian Defence White Paper 2016 has focused, rightly so, on the strategic outlook, force acquisition and defence spending. However, in a departure from previous Defence White Papers, DWP2016 publicly acknowledges Australia's role in the Five-Eyes intelligence community, Australia's 'security alliance' with the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. FVEY is important because it enables Australia and its other members to benefit from global intelligence gathering and sharing through the worldwide satellite network. Its inclusion in DWP2016 is a significant development.

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