Defence & Security through an Indo-Pacific lens

About the Institute

The Defence and Security Institute (DSI) is an initiative by The University of Western Australia (UWA). Hosted at UWA the DSI unifies and focusses UWA’s expertise in defence and security research, engagement, and education.

Defence and security provides the foundation of our nation’s sovereignty. In an era of rapidly evolving geopolitics this critical area of national policy sits at the forefront of government and public debates.

The DSI plays a central role in helping to develop Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities in WA by working with local, state and federal governments, industry and business, research institutions and the community to help generate solutions towards a peaceful, prosperous and secure Australia and Indo-Pacific region.


Black Swan Strategy Series

The Black Swan Strategy Papers are the flagship publication of the UWA Defence and Security Institute (DSI). They represent the intersection between Western Australia and strategic studies – both of which are famous for their black swans. The series aims to provide high-quality analysis and strategic insights into the Indo-Pacific region through a defence and security lens.

The Latest

ABC | Defence Force scraps Taipan helicopters in favour of US Blackhawks report by David Lipson on PM featuring Professor Peter Dean

The Australian Defence Force is scrapping its troubled fleet of European designed Taipan helicopters and will replace them with up to 40 American made Blackhawks and Seahawks.

Then and Now: Why the Future Defence of Australia Requires a New Force Posture Review by Marcus Schultz

7 December 2021 Executive summary The release of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update marked an important shift away from the strategic and capability judgements outlined in the 2012 Force Posture Review. In coming years, the existing level of military preparedness to defend in Australia’s north-western maritime approaches is more likely to be tested. While Defence has made some commendable progress toward improving strategically important mainland and offshore Australian Defence Force (ADF) bases in the north and north west, inconsistencies remain raising the risk level and likelihood…

Apple Podcasts Preview | S6E12 – RAN Amphibious Operations In WWII | Australian Naval History Podcast | Professor Peter Dean, Petar Djokovic & Vice Admiral Peter Jones

Miesje de Vogel and her expert panel of Professor Peter Dean, Petar Djokovic & Vice Admiral Peter Jones discuss the series of amphibious operations the RAN took part in during World War II. Produced by the Naval Studies Group & the Creative Media Unit at the University of NSW (Canberra) in conjunction with the Australian Naval Institute, the Submarine Institute of Australia, Naval Historical Society & the Seapower Centre - Australia. For more information see:

Fighting Australia’s Cold War | The Nexus of Strategy and Operations in a Multipolar Asia, 1945–1965 | Professor Peter Dean & Dr Tristan Moss

In the first two decades of the Cold War, Australia fought in three conflicts and prepared to fight in a possible wider conflagration in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In Korea, Malaya and Borneo, Australian forces encountered new types of warfare, integrated new equipment and ideas, and were part of the longest continual overseas deployments in Australia’s history. 

The Heritage Foundation | How to Better Understand the Chinese Defense Budget | Professor Peter Robertson, Dean and Head of School, University of Western Australia Business School

Join Heritage and a distinguished group of experts on the Chinese defense budget to get a better sense of what is currently known about the Chinese defense budget and what needs to be further studied and explored.