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We know what’s in, but what’s out? Assessing the reprioritisations and the ‘cuts’ of the IIP and NDS (Part 1)
April 24 2024
Following much anticipation, we now have our first National Defence Strategy (NDS) and supporting Integrated Investment Program (IIP). But what exactl...
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
Ahead of the curve or still just treading water? A closer look at the ‘real’ figures behind the surface fleet review (Part 1)
The findings of the government’s Independent Analysis into the Navy’s Surface Combatant Fleet have been heralded a step change for the future of the Royal...
April 08 2024
Stating the obvious: Study reveals vulnerability of Australian economy to maritime blockages
As an island nation with an economy dependent on the unmolested access to the global maritime commons, it goes without saying that Australia is exceedingly vulnerable to an...
April 04 2024
Reaching critical mass: The emerging powers rounding out the new world order
While much of the emphasis of both Australian and Western policymakers has been on the rise of China and India, the growing array of emerging great powers across the...
April 02 2024
Navigating the ‘new normal’: Understanding our new multipolar world
There is no escaping the fact that we are entering an era of global and regional multipolarity. If we were to fast forward a decade, what would this world look like and how...
March 28 2024
Is America’s secretive ‘Great White Bat’ UAV the answer to Australia’s long-range strike malaise?
It is no secret that Australia is at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to delivering long-range firepower. With the Royal Australian Air Force at a distinct disadvantage...
March 27 2024
The new ‘Central Powers’? China, Russia and Iran solidify relations, targeting petrodollar and Western dominance
It is well known that revisionist global powers like China and Russia are at the forefront of challenging the post-Second World War order and US-dominated global economic,...
March 26 2024
Treasurer calls for national economy to become ‘anti-fragile’ amid rising regional, global tensions
“Anti-fragility” has become the latest concept in the self-help community. Now Treasurer Jim Chalmers is calling for Australia to embrace the idea and transform...
March 25 2024
Defence releases new tenders to enhance capability
The Commonwealth has released a raft of new tenders to continue building Australian defence capability, including the acquisition of off-the-shelf space surveillance...
March 22 2024