National Security Pod: Women in National Security – episode 3

28 October 2018

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Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre. Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt specialises in the national security of critical systems including energy and cyber. She has published on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf.

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On this third of five special episodes brought to you from the Women in National Security Conference, Madelyn Creedon offers an insider perspective on nuclear policy-making in the United States.

Hosted by the ANU National Security College, the Women in National Security Conference is a forum on the participation of women in Australia’s future national security policy and practice – and the National Security Podcast is here to bring you the highlights.

This jam-packed third episode is hosted by Gabrielle Kneipp and was recorded on the first day of the conference. First up, Chris Farnham hears from Matilda House, who opened the event with a Welcome to Country, before catching up with some of the conference attendees for some on-the-ground insights. Last but not least, the National Security College’s Jennifer Hunt chats with Madelyn Creedon about her long career in nuclear politics and the recent US decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Listen to the podcast here.

Matilda House is Chair of the Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council. She was instrumental in establishing the ANU Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre in association with the Indigenous students on campus in 1989.

Madelyn Creedon is the 2018 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She has had a long and distinguished career in US government service, most recently as Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, a position she held from 2014 to 2017.

Jennifer Hunt is a Lecturer at the National Security College and a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre. Her research portfolio examines the intersection between defence, energy, and economic security issues.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Gabrielle Kneipp is Executive Officer at the National Security College. She is currently on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and studying a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Communication in Journalism.

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This episode of the National Security Podcast was produced and edited by Edwina Landale.

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