Clive Williams is an honorary professor at the Centre for Military and Security Law at the ANU and an Associate Professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Leaving the treaty would allow the US to quickly build up regional arsenal of new nuclear weapons to challenge China.
If ISIS was to focus on who caused its latest problems in the Philippines, Australia would be well in the frame.
The most effective way for the DG ONI to influence agencies and their parent departments would be to have some control over the National Intelligence Community budget.
One of the significant growth areas in the Commonwealth sector over the years since 9/11 has been the disproportionate increase in the number of highly-paid senior managers.