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Ahead of schedule: Timing right for Chinese annexation of Taiwan
January 10 2024
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. ...
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
Looking ahead: Predictions for 2024
If 2023 is anything to go by, 2024 is shaping up to be a cracker, both at home and abroad. So what can we expect, and what are some of our predictions for the new year in...
December 21 2023
Missing in action? Lack of Aussie presence in Red Sea raises concerning questions
Opinion: Australia’s refusal to deploy a warship to support the multinational effort to secure global maritime trade corridors has rightfully raised a few eyebrows....
December 20 2023
2023 Year in Review: A global order in turmoil, a mixed bag for Australian defence
It has been a big year at home and abroad, with war still raging in eastern Europe and a new conflict bubbling away in the Middle East providing a glimpse into what the...
December 19 2023
Closing in on 2 years: What if Putin ‘wins’ in Ukraine?
There is no escaping that for both sides, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has been costly, in terms of both blood and treasure. It has revealed the shattered, weakened state...
December 18 2023
US request for Middle East support reveals limits of superpower
While Australia, like many US allies, has actively provided military forces to help maintain stability in the Middle East, the most recent request from the United States for...
December 15 2023
What is more dangerous? Taiwan or the South China Sea?
While much of the speculation about the potential for future conflict between China and the United States and its allies is focused on Taiwan and its surrounds, increasing...
December 14 2023
Australian Defence Force divers were injured a month ago, where’s the response?
Public shock has grown decidedly quiet since Royal Australian Navy (RAN) divers were injured by the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) destroyer, CNC Ningbo, more...
December 13 2023
Red Alert! Concerns grow over Europe’s dramatic military weakness
Despite repeated reassurances that Europe would rally to meet the challenges presented by a resurgent Russia and an increasingly belligerent China challenging European and...
December 12 2023
Competing interests: US faces renewed delays for ‘Asia pivot’
When first announced in 2011 by then-president Barack Obama, the US “pivot to Asia” was billed as the major restructure of America’s foreign and strategic...
December 11 2023
Don’t be fooled: ‘Might makes right’ is the universal rule, so prepare accordingly
The rise of the multipolar world, spearheaded by autocratic and “hybrid” regimes, has reignited concerns about a return to the concept of “might makes...
December 08 2023
Bed wetting or well founded? Renewed warnings for second Trump presidency
As we head towards what will be a hotly contested US general election in 2024, the world watches and waits with bated breath as concerns about a second Trump administration...
December 07 2023
Tilling the soil: Creating the environment for a successful defence industrial base
Ask any gardener worth their salt and they will tell you, to get the best results, you have to prepare the soil. Getting any new industry off the ground requires an equally...
December 06 2023
Industry to the rescue? Defence industry presents ‘action plan’
Successive governments on both sides have sought to respond to the challenging geopolitical and strategic environment by nurturing the development of a “sovereign...
December 05 2023
Hubris: Are we going to repeat the same mistakes as Germany?
For the Albanese government’s energy and climate czar, Chris Bowen, the green and renewable revolution is the “golden ticket” at the core of Australia...
December 01 2023