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Peace in our time? Assessing the fallout of Biden–Xi’s San Francisco summit
November 20 2023
Depending on who you ask, the recent meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Chinese President Xi Jinping, has had some mi...
An AUKUS remix delivering greater military power faster: the B-21 Raider
Opinion: While much of the emphasis around AUKUS is rightfully focused on Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines, there are a host of factors that...
November 15 2023
Dust settles on promising, yet unfulfilled Indo Pacific 2023
Defence trade shows are always a mad scramble – there are deals to be done, back-to-back briefings to sprint to, an ever-present threat of politicians sweeping through...
November 14 2023
Muscular superpower or paper tiger? Just how scary is Xi’s China?
A lot has been made of China’s meteoric rise and outward ambitions towards the global order, but is the concern about Beijing’s designs and capacity well placed...
November 13 2023
Access, control of sea essential to Australia’s security and prosperity: Chief of Navy
Australia’s Chief of Navy, VADM Mark Hammond, has used recent media engagement to stress the centrality of the Indo-Pacific’s maritime environs on...
November 10 2023
Pentagon report details increased Chinese military capabilities, emphasis on coercion
The Pentagon’s annual report to Congress has detailed the rapid modernisation and expansion efforts transforming the People’s Liberation Army, emboldening...
November 06 2023
Decline of patriotism, confidence in West impacts willingness to defend ourselves
It is probably the worst-kept secret of our modern society: young people across the Western world have lost faith in their respective nations, the values and principles of...
November 03 2023
Confronting an emboldened new Axis
Across the globe, the post-Second World War order is under direct assault by an emboldened collection of nations committed to overthrowing the global paradigm, replacing it...
November 02 2023
What makes a ‘balanced fleet’ and how do we build one?
With the Defence Strategic Review’s emphasis on developing a “Focused Force”, a push to deliver a “Balanced Fleet” might seem quite...
November 01 2023
Nuke subs no panacea: Australia’s maritime strategy and a ‘balanced’ naval fleet
Australia’s future fleet of nuclear-powered submarines has been heralded as the silver bullet to our tactical and strategic challenges, seemingly leaving the...
October 31 2023
Time is of the essence: The need to wake from our ‘Peace Dividend’ slumber
Time is well and truly of the essence with the heady days of elated victory following the collapse of the Soviet Union now over, yet for some reason, despite the...
October 30 2023
Looking closer to home for the implications of Beijing’s Mediterranean deployment
It is not unusual for any naval power to deploy forces to areas of strategic importance, and in many ways, Beijing’s recent deployment of a naval task force to the...
October 27 2023
I was wrong: Compared to the DSR, Defence of Australia would have given us ‘real’ power
When introduced, the Defence of Australia doctrine and associated force structure drew quite a bit of flak, particularly from the mid-to-late 1990s. However, when compared to...
October 26 2023
Renewed concerns about the impact of ‘dysfunctional’ US
Despite a seemingly robust US response to the renewed tensions in the Middle East, there is a growing sense among Australia’s own strategic policy community that the...
October 25 2023
Generational anxiety: Can Australia ‘calm the fear’ of nuclear-powered submarines?
Time will tell if the Australian public can overcome decades of national fear regarding nuclear-powered submarines, weapons, and related nuclear energy technology.
October 23 2023
Congress calls for third US nuclear submarine yard
With growing pressure on the US defence industrial base to deliver more nuclear-powered submarines, a congressional commission has called for an additional submarine yard to...
October 20 2023
Concerning polling reveals 78% of Americans lose faith in US
New polling out of the United States has revealed the majority of Americans have lost faith in the direction of the country and its future at a concerning time in global...
October 19 2023
Viewing the potential of President Trump 2.0 with clear eyes
No other contemporary Western leader has elicited such a visceral reaction quite like former president and presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump. But is the potential...
October 18 2023
Where is the trust? Are we dragging our feet on USVs?
Autonomous systems are rapidly changing the nature of the contemporary battlespace and the maritime environment is at the forefront with several successful trials in recent...
October 17 2023
The decline of global stability and rise of ‘homeland economics’
The Great Financial Crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, and now energy shocks have all served to undermine the stability of the global order, giving rise to “homeland...
October 16 2023