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S1E5 – What’s Taking So Long?


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In this episode, I ask why it is taking so long to establish a national security agency and strategy, given that the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019 recommended exactly this approach in late 2020.

Drawing on my work in continuity management and executive behaviour in risky environments, I highlight some possible reasons why public sector chief executives might be reluctant to embrace the sort of change that is being called for. I also highlight the politicisation of Defence and call for Defence White papers to be replaced with National Security White papers.

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A Poke in the Fifth Eye by Simon Roberts. Book Cover. Available on Amazon Kindle
A Poke in the Fifth Eye by Simon Roberts. Book Cover. Available on Amazon Kindle