The Fifth Estate: The Age of Defence
In the wake of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) regional summit aimed at foiling terrorist propaganda – and the reversal of recent defence spending cuts in this year's budget – Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft talks to defence expert and adviser to Chief of Airforce, Group Captain Catherine McGregor, about the shape of Australia's defence policy in action.
With major operations in Iraq and the Middle East, the purchase of new military equipment (including ships, vehicles and planes) and the increase in programs to counter violent extremism, how do we prioritise our defence spending and focus? Is the Government's commitment to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP within a decade warranted? And what will the defence white paper, due for release in August, likely reveal?
Join us as we throw the spotlight on defence matters both near and far.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Catherine McGregor entered the Royal Military College Duntroon on 14 January 1974. She graduated to the Royal Australian Infantry having completed an honours degree in Arts and being awarded the C.E.W. Bean Prize in Military History in 1977. Over the intervening forty years, she held a wide variety of appointments inside the Australian Army.
She is currently the Director of Research and Analysis in the Office of the Chief of Air Force. She is the highest-ranking transgendered military officer in the world. For her exceptional contribution to Army strategic policy, she was awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division on 26 January 2012.