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Recession or depression? Australia’s economic insecurity precedes national security
February 02 2024
Many have long believed that Australia’s economy is unassailable – our three decades of unstopped economic growth to continue forever &nda...
Space race 2.0: New normal of subterfuge and satellite warfare in orbit
A silent military contest is unfolding in orbit above planet Earth as international powerhouses fight to develop and protect their own vital satellites.
February 01 2024
Calls for return of conscription raise question about what’s in it for younger Aussies
A cat has been set among the pigeons, with Curtin University academic Dr Alexey Muraviev calling for Australian policymakers to consider reinitiating conscription to defend...
January 31 2024
Australia needs higher aspirations in order to unite, survive and thrive
Australians have never been more disconnected from the future direction of the nation across every metric, whether it is cost of living, educational outcomes, job...
January 25 2024
If Europe is ‘ignoring the barbarian at the gates’, what are we doing?
Since the end of World War II, Europe has depended heavily on the United States for much of the heavy lifting of its security, resulting in what can broadly be considered a...
January 24 2024
Confronting reality: Australia’s need for a larger surface fleet
As an island continent, Australia can’t escape its intrinsic economic, political, strategic, and social connection to the ocean, yet as the Indo-Pacific becomes...
January 23 2024
PM issues challenge, sets out vision for confronting decade of disruption, danger
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has “soft launched” his pitch to the Australian people surrounding his vision of the nation and how it will confront a decade of...
January 22 2024
Looking into the crystal ball and preparing for the other side of a Taiwan crisis
The Defence Strategic Review went a long way to articulating the long-term objectives and capability priorities of the Australian Defence Force in the era of great power...
January 19 2024
Wolf’s howl? Chinese diplomats return to ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy
China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, and his diplomatic team have shattered Prime Minister Albanese’s elated proclamations that the Australia-China...
January 18 2024
Out of the loop: Humanity quickens towards autonomous drones
Human intervention may have been quietly removed from the loop in the Ukraine war with the approved introduction of independently targeting, artificial intelligence-assisted...
January 17 2024
Undue influence? Does the ‘End of History’ still have too much say in our policy making?
When released in 1992, Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History” championed the triumph of Western capitalist liberal democracy over global autarchy with the...
January 16 2024
Economic deterrence, flexibility, resilience at heart of new US defence industrial strategy
The Pentagon has released the United States’ first National Defense Industrial Strategy, seeking to reassert and re-establish the industrial dominance of the United...
January 15 2024
Assessing the true cost of a Taiwan conflict
There is no doubt that a potential conflict over the island democracy of Taiwan would undoubtedly have a high cost in terms of human life. But what about the economic costs...
January 12 2024
Inflection point 2024: The risks of WWIII and confronting global disorder
Only a couple of weeks into the new year and 2024 is well and truly picking up where 2023 left off, with mounting concerns about the new year shaping up to be an inflection...
January 11 2024
Ahead of schedule: Timing right for Chinese annexation of Taiwan
This year is shaping up as the most opportune time in recent memory for an attempted annexation of Taiwan by the People’s Republic of China.
January 10 2024
Kick the tires, light the fires: Australia urgently needs economic reform to thrive
It is no secret Australia is now facing a period of protracted, stubborn economic turmoil directly impacted by events both at home and abroad. Responding to these challenges...
January 09 2024
Updated DDGX report reveals plans for ‘reduced’ US large surface combatant fleet
An updated report to Congress detailing the progress and planning of the US Navy’s next large surface combatant (LCS), the DDG(X), has revealed tentative plans for an...
January 05 2024
New Year kicks off with reinvigorated calls for a national security strategy
In an increasingly dangerous world, planning to face the challenges is as important as directly responding. With this in mind, once again we have to ask, is an Australian...
January 03 2024
A double standard? Emphasis on OPV weapons overlooks other undergunned vessels
The year 2023 was definitely a year of hammering a number of the Royal Australian Navy’s major recapitalisation programs, namely the Arafura and Hunter Class,...
January 02 2024
Elevating Australia’s defence and security: The strategic imperative in space and navigational warfare
Australia finds itself at a pivotal moment in history, where the rapid evolution of technology and the changing landscape of global security demand a recalibration of our...
December 22 2023