A new ASPI report, The Pacific Fusion Centre: the challenge of sharing information and intelligence in the Pacific, finds that much remains to be done in this area. The report examines the Australian-sponsored Pacific Fusion Centre, which was established to provide strategic assessments on non-traditional security issues to Pacific island countries. The report concludes that although the PFC is a useful soft-power initiative, the Pacific still sorely needs a regional information fusion centre to produce and share actionable intelligence in the maritime domain.
The PFC was set up in 2019 in response to the 2018 Boe Declaration on Regional Security issued by the Pacific Islands Forum. Its principal mandate is to provide strategic intelligence to help the forum’s member states formulate high-level national policy on human security, environmental security, transnational crime, and cybersecurity. Its strategic assessments are based on open-source and unclassified official data. The centre also promotes domain awareness, capacity building and information sharing among members.