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Renewed concerns about the impact of ‘dysfunctional’ US
October 25 2023
Despite a seemingly robust US response to the renewed tensions in the Middle East, there is a growing sense among Australia’s own strategic poli...
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
US involvement in Middle East risks yet another ‘forever war’
With indications pointing towards a growing US presence in the eastern Mediterranean to provide unspecified support to Israel following the devastating attack by Hamas,...
October 13 2023
Learning lessons from Ukraine: Mass still critical to success
The devastating conflict in Ukraine is rapidly emerging as a form of proving ground for the new technologies, platforms, and doctrines of the 21st century. However, one...
October 12 2023
Be prepared, be vigilant: Early lessons from Hamas’ ambush
It goes without saying that Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel will go down in history as one of the greatest intelligence failures in history, with important...
October 11 2023
Hamas murderers’ plans won’t play out as they hope
Opinion: Hamas terrorists entered Israel on Saturday with two goals: to kill as many Israelis as possible and to abduct large numbers to be used as hostages, human shields,...
October 10 2023
Analysis reveals startling ship numbers, timeline for China’s naval expansion
It is no secret that Beijing has been embarking on the largest peacetime modernisation and expansion of its military capabilities, with new analysis revealing the...
October 09 2023
‘Focused Force’ v ‘Balanced Force’? The question is, are we getting the mix right?
The Albanese government’s Defence Strategic Review heralded a shift away from the structure of a “Balanced Force” towards a “Focused Force”,...
October 06 2023
International defence industry cooperation in a time of wars
Opinion: Wars are afoot. There is a very real war underway in Europe while in the Indo-Pacific, an imagined future war between China and the US worries many. In response,...
October 05 2023
Is the US really a ‘dysfunctional’ superpower?
Amid mounting economic struggles, domestic political division, and waning influence of the global stage, many have begun to consider the United States as a...
October 04 2023
Indian Navy seeks to add third carrier to expand power projection capacity
Asia’s other rising power, India, is rapidly accelerating its capacity to project long-range power and sea control to counter a myriad of challenges to their national...
October 03 2023
‘Bad news outweighs the good’ – Global disorder fast becoming the new norm
The era of disorder is upon us, the post-Second World War order is fraying, and our “long holiday from history” is now over as Australia and the world settle into...
September 28 2023
Where is the urgency? Surface fleet review delay only leaves us more vulnerable
Revelations that the government’s response to the findings of its own surface fleet review is still some time off, ultimately spells trouble for Australia’s...
September 27 2023
Half an insurance policy? AUKUS SSNs more about post-Taiwan than anything else
While much has been made about the “offensive’ nature of Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarine fleet as a form of national insurance policy, it is...
September 26 2023
Same, same but different? Learning lessons from similar ‘Middle Powers’
The true strength of contemporary “Middle Powers” is in their aggregated mass. However, every now and then, one outlier sets fire to the rule book and embarks on...
September 25 2023