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Ball, Desmond

Works: 242 works in 645 publications in 2 languages and 14,280 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: U263, 358.39
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Most widely held works by Desmond Ball
The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan's Ocean Surveillance and Coastal Defence Capabilities by Desmond Ball( )

13 editions published in 2015 in 3 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan is quintessentially by geography a maritime country. Maritime surveillance capabilities: underwater, shore-based and airborne are critical to its national defence posture. This book describes and assesses these capabilities, with particular respect to the underwater segment, about which there is little strategic analysis in publicly available literature. Since the end of the Cold War, Chinese oceanographic and navy vessels have intruded into Japanese waters with increasing frequency, not counting their activities in disputed waters such as around the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and Okinotorishima where China and Japan have overlapping territorial claims. These intrusions have increasingly involved warships, including submarines, sometimes acting quite aggressively. Japan maintains an extraordinary network of undersea hydrophone arrays, connected to shore-stations which are typically equipped with electronic intelligence (ELINT) systems, for monitoring, identifying and tracking submarine and surface traffic in its internal straits and surrounding seas. Some parts of this network are operated jointly with, and are of crucial importance to, the US Navy
Power and international relations : essays in honour of Coral Bell by Sheryn Lee( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Coral Mary Bell AO, who died in 2012, was one of the world's foremost academic experts on international relations, crisis management and alliance diplomacy. This collection of essays by more than a dozen of her friends and colleagues is intended to honour her life and examine her ideas and, through them, her legacy. Part 1 describes her growing up during the Great Depression and the Second World War, her short-lived sojourn in the Department of External Affairs in Canberra, where she was friends with some of the spies who worked for Moscow, and her academic career over the subsequent six decades, the last three of which were at The Australian National University. Most of Coral's academic career was spent in Departments of International Relations. She was disdainful of academic theory, but as discussed in Part 2, she had a very sophisticated understanding of the subject. She was in many ways a Realist, but one for whom agency, in terms of ideas (the beliefs and perceptions of policy-makers) and institutions (including conventions and norms of behaviour), essentially determined events. Part 3 is concerned with power politics, including such matters as Cold War competitions, crisis management, alliance diplomacy, and US and Australian foreign policies. She recognised that power politics left untrammelled was inevitably catastrophic, and was increasingly attracted to notions of Concerts of Power."--Publisher's website
Breaking Japanese diplomatic codes : David Sissons and D Special Section during the Second World War by Desmond Ball( )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Second World War, Australia maintained a super-secret organisation, the Diplomatic (or 'D') Special Section, dedicated to breaking Japanese diplomatic codes. The Section has remained officially secret as successive Australian Governments have consistently refused to admit that Australia ever intercepted diplomatic communications, even in war-time. This book recounts the history of the Special Section and describes its code-breaking activities. It was a small but very select organisation, whose 'technical' members came from the worlds of Classics and Mathematics. It concentrated on lower-grade Japanese diplomatic codes and cyphers, such as J-19 (FUJI), LA and GEAM. However, towards the end of the war it also worked on some Soviet messages, evidently contributing to the effort to track down intelligence leakages from Australia to the Soviet Union. This volume has been produced primarily as a result of painstaking efforts by David Sissons, who served in the Section for a brief period in 1945. From the 1980s through to his death in 2006, Sissons devoted much of his time as an academic in the Department of International Relations at ANU to compiling as much information as possible about the history and activities of the Section through correspondence with his former colleagues and through locating a report on Japanese diplomatic codes and cyphers which had been written by members of the Section in 1946. Selections of this correspondence, along with the 1946 report, are reproduced in this volume. They comprise a unique historical record, immensely useful to scholars and practitioners concerned with the science of cryptography as well as historians of the cryptological aspects of the war in the Pacific
Masters of terror : Indonesia's military and violence in East Timor by Richard Tanter( )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The terror campaign by pro-Indonesian armed groups before, during, and after East Timor's independence referendum in 1999 was a blatant challenge to the international community as many of the acts of murder, political intimidation, destruction, and mass deportation took place before the eyes of the world. Yet still the ultimate responsibility has been denied and obscured. Masters of Terror provides an authoritative analysis and documentation of the brutal operations carried out by the Indonesian army and its East Timorese allies. The authors carefully assemble detailed accounts of the actions of the major Indonesian officers and East Timorese militia commanders accused of gross human rights violations. This work explores a horrific frontal attack on democracy and calls for the establishment of an international tribunal for crimes against humanity in East Timor."--Jacket
Australia and cyber-warfare by Gary Waters( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores Australia's prospective cyber-warfare requirements and challenges. It describes the current state of planning and thinking within the Australian Defence Force with respect to Network Centric Warfare, and discusses the vulnerabilities that accompany the use by Defence of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), as well as Defences responsibility for the protection of the NII. It notes the multitude of agencies concerned in various ways with information security, and argues that mechanisms are required to enhance coordination between them. It also argues that Australia has been laggard with respect to the development of offensive cyber-warfare plans and capabilities. Finally, it proposes the establishment of an Australian Cyber-warfare Centre responsible for the planning and conduct of both the defensive and offensive dimensions of cyber-warfare, for developing doctrine and operational concepts, and for identifying new capability requirements. It argues that the matter is urgent in order to ensure that Australia will have the necessary capabilities for conducting technically and strategically sophisticated cyber-warfare activities by the 2020s. The Foreword has been contributed by the Hon. Kim C. Beazley, former Minister of Defence (198490), who describes it as a timely book which transcends old debates on priorities for the defence of Australia or forward commitments, [and] debates about globalism and regionalism, and as an invaluable compendium to the current process of refining the strategic guidance for Australias future defence policies and capabilities."--Provided by publisher
The ties that bind : intelligence cooperation between the UKUSA countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand by Jeffrey Richelson( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En særlig aftale, UKUSA, blev i 1947 indgået mellem de i bogens titel anførte engelsktalende lande om et verdensomspændende samarbejde mellem landenes efterretningstjenester
Geography, power, strategy and defence policy : essays in honour of Paul Dibb( )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Dibb AM has had an extraordinary career. He enjoys an international scholarly reputation of the highest order, while at the same time he has done much distinguished public service. He was a pioneer in moving back and forth between posts in government departments, notably the Department of Defence, and academia. He began as a student of Soviet economic geography, and then spent nearly two decades in Australian Defence intelligence, including service as Head of the National Assessments Staff (NAS) in the Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO) from 1974 to 1978, Deputy Director of JIO in 1978-80, Director of JIO in 1986-88, and Deputy Secretary of Defence (Strategy and Intelligence) in 1988-91, before becoming a Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at The Australian National University (where he is now an Emeritus Professor). He has been quite happy to engage in vigorous public debate about important and controversial strategic and defence issues, giving him a high public profile. The contributors include two former Chancellors of ANU, one a former Minister of Defence, and the other a former Secretary of the Department of Defence, a former Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), and other former senior officials, as well as academic specialists in geography, international relations, and strategic and defence studies. 'This would be a high-quality set of essays for any edited volume, but for a festschrift - a genre that sometimes generates uneven collections - this is an exceptional assembly. The individual pieces are very good; together, they have coherence and power.' - Professor Ian Hall, Professor of International Relations, Griffith University
A national asset : 50 years of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre by Desmond Ball( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plate 3 Professor J.D.B. Miller, head of the Department of International Relations, 1962-87, and member of the SDSC Advisory Committee, 1966-87Plate 4 Professor Hedley Bull, joint head of the Department of International Relations and member of the SDSC Advisory Committee, €1967-77; Plate 5 Robert O'Neill, head of SDSC, 1971-82; Plate 6 Colonel J.O. Langtry, executive officer, and Desmond Ball, research€fellow, 1975; Plate 7 Joli and Peter Hastings, former research assistant and€senior€research fellow, May 1986; Plate 8 Robert O'Neill (right) with Gunther Patz, former PhD student, 1992
Strategic nuclear targeting( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics and force levels : the strategic missile program of the Kennedy Administration by Desmond Ball( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can nuclear war be controlled? by Desmond Ball( Book )

12 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Targeting for strategic deterrence by Desmond Ball( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crisis stability and nuclear war( Book )

10 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death in Balibo, lies in Canberra by Desmond Ball( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At first light on 16 October 1975, Indonesian special forces stormed the East Timor village of Balibo, killing five newsmen. A quarter of a century later, the fate of these unarmed civilians continues to nag at consciences in Britain, New Zealand and Australia. Did highly-placed Australian secretly 'sign off' on Indonesia's plans to invade its neighbour? Did they know that the newsmen were targets? Did they choose to leave these young men to the mercy of the Indonesian Army? In this book, a long-term analyst of Indonesian defence and foreign policy and a world renowned expert on military intelligence uncover what Canberra has been hiding -- Cover
The transformation of security in the Asia/Pacific region by Desmond Ball( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The security architecture of the Asia/Pacific region is in the process of profound transformation, partly occasioned by the end of the Cold War and partly due to the dynamic economic developments in East and Southeast Asia." "The changes underway in the region amount to a very mixed picture. On the positive side, there is the collapse of the Soviet threat, the high rates of economic growth and levels of economic interdependence, the moves toward democratization, and the general acceptance of the need for enhanced multilateral cooperation." "However, these changes have conduced to greater uncertainty and complexity in the regional security environment. Multipolarity is more fluid than bi-polarity. Interdependence can serve as a transmission belt for spreading security problems throughout the region. Democratization can reduce decisional flexibility and constrain negotiation and crisis management." "There remain numerous issues of disputation, involving competing territorial claims and challenges to governmental legitimacy, some of which could potentially escalate to major regional conflict. Most countries in the region are energetically modernizing their defence forces, raising the possibility of a regional arms race. Some countries are acquiring particular new technologies (such as ballistic missiles) or weapons of mass destruction (such as nuclear or chemical weapons) which are extremely disturbing." "This volume includes 12 contributions from both well-established and newer scholars of Asia/Pacific security matters. They are scholars who either live or work extensively in the region."--BOOK JACKET
Strategy and security in the Asia-Pacific by Robert Ayson( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the war on terror to the rise of China, this book unlocks the major strategic themes and security challenges of the early twenty-first century." "Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific provides the analytical frameworks needed to make sense of this complex but exciting strategic universe. Offering a unique mix of global strategic thinking and Asia-Pacific security analysis, this book is for readers from Sydney to Seoul who want to put their own local security challenges in a wider regional and global context. It is also for North American and European readers requiring an understanding of the dynamic security developments in the Asia-Pacific region around which so much of global strategy is increasingly based." "The really vital questions facing the international community are dealt with here: Why do governments and groups still use armed force? Has warfare really changed in the information age? Why should we be concerned about non-traditional security challenges such as water shortages and the spread of infectious disease? Is a great clash imminent between the United States and China? What are the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula and between India and Pakistan? Can Southeast Asia survive the challenges of transnational terrorism? What does security mean for the Pacific island countries and for Australia and New Zealand?" "With contributions from leading commentators and analysts, Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific offers a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the field. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Pine Gap : Australia and the US geostationary signals intelligence satellite program by Desmond Ball( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The ANZAC connection( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange neighbours : the Australia-Indonesia relationship( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of arms control( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Masters of terror : Indonesia's military and violence in East Timor
Australia and cyber-warfareDeath in Balibo, lies in CanberraThe transformation of security in the Asia/Pacific regionStrategy and security in the Asia-Pacific
Alternative Names
Ball, D.

Ball, D. J.

Ball, D. J. 1947-

Ball, D. J. (Desmond John), 1947-2016

Ball, Desmond.

Ball, Desmond J.

Ball, Desmond J. 1947-

Ball, Desmond J. (Desmond John), 1947-2016

Ball, Desmond John 1947-

Des Ball académico australiano

Des Ball australischer Hochschullehrer

Des Ball hoogleraar uit Australië (1947-2016)

Des Ball profesor universitariu australianu (1947–2016)

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