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The dangerous Chinese military behaviour – time to make a call
May 07 2024
Opinion: It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that a Chinese jet has endangered an Australian Navy helicopter and the lives of its crew by unprofe...
Australian society as a fundamental input to defence capability (Part 2)
Opinion: Getting Australian society on board as a true Fundamental Input to Capability (FIC) will prove to be one of the great policy challenges of our time, but getting it...
May 07 2024
Australian society as a fundamental input to defence capability (Part 1)
Opinion: The current list of Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FIC) for the Australian Defence Force is incomplete, being too inwardly focused on what the organisation can...
May 06 2024
We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 5)
We’ve made it! We have saved arguably the most important components of the 2024 National Defence Strategy and Integrated Investment Program, enabling elements like...
May 02 2024
We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 4)
In the era of information-driven conflict, linking together the system of systems that the modern defence apparatus has become is as important as kinetic effectors, something...
May 01 2024
With NDS and IIP out of the way, we’re still no closer to understanding what is meant by ‘Impactful Projection’
It is the cause du jour for Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles: “Impactful Projection”. But despite the release of the National Defence...
April 30 2024
We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 3)
In a major departure from traditional Australian air power, both the National Defence Strategy and Integrated Investment Program have called on the Royal Australian Air Force...
April 29 2024
We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 2)
Navy has undoubtedly been the biggest beneficiary of Australia’s shifting defence and national security policy over the last few years, with the 2024 National Defence...
April 26 2024
We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 1)
Following much anticipation, we now have our first National Defence Strategy (NDS) and supporting Integrated Investment Program (IIP). But what exactly is in and what is out...
April 24 2024
Despite naysayers and fears of decline, US global leadership still has a role to play: Retired US admiral
For many, it sounds like an antiquated idea, something better confined to the dustbin of history, a world devoid of US primacy and leadership; for others, it is the worst...
April 23 2024
Footing the bill: ‘Peace dividend’ politicians, public struggle to adapt to the dangerous new world
By now, the post-Cold War myth of a “peace dividend” has been well and truly proven false. With authoritarian and revisionist powers on the march across the globe...
April 22 2024
Bringing together partners: Defence technology and innovation cooperation between Australia–Japan–US
Opinion: Bringing together “like-minded” nations across the Indo-Pacific is essential security across the region. Nowhere is this clearer than in the relationship...
April 19 2024
Enabling, force-multiplying capabilities: The glue holding the ‘integrated, focused force’ together
The modern era of warfare requires increasingly complex “enabling” capabilities that serve as the “connective tissues”, allowing the Australian...
April 18 2024
‘Strategy of Denial’ at the heart of National Defence Strategy and Integrated Investment Program
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles has released the long-awaited National Defence Strategy and Integrated Investment Program emphasising a...
April 17 2024
Iran’s failed attack highlights Australian weaknesses
Opinion: Contemporary conflict continues to evolve at an ever-accelerating pace. Keeping up with these changes and the doctrines that support the conduct of tactical and...
April 16 2024
Iranian strikes on Israel reinforce the need for Australia to take dangers of the ‘new world’ seriously
The past weekend has been a wake-up call for anyone but those watching closely. Iran’s barrage of suicide drones and cruise missiles against Israel despite a lacklustre...
April 15 2024
The Future Made in Australia Act: Aussie-style ‘homeland economics’ or something else?
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has officially launched his Future Made in Australia Act, drawing inspiration from the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act....
April 12 2024
Renewed call for a new national security strategy
With more than a decade since the release of Australia’s first national security strategy, amid the deterioration of regional and global security, there are renewed...
April 11 2024
Ahead of the curve or still just treading water? A closer look at the ‘real’ figures behind the surface fleet review (Part 3)
As an Indo-Pacific nation committed to and invested in maintaining the post-Second World War status quo, Australia will be called upon to play an increasingly prominent and...
April 10 2024
Ahead of the curve or still just treading water? A closer look at the ‘real’ figures behind the surface fleet review (Part 2)
The Indo-Pacific is undergoing one of the largest and most transformative military build-ups in history, with the region’s navies rapidly transforming into powerful...
April 09 2024