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Conceptualising deterrence: An escalating problem
June 12 2023
Opinion: In the Australian context, deterrence has evolved immensely since the end of the Second World War, and this evolution is set for another roun...
Changing the way we view ourselves and the need for a grand national narrative
Australia has long had an awkward, uncomfortable relationship with itself, akin to a form of national dysmorphia which has hindered the way the nation views itself and its...
June 09 2023
Embracing the opportunities: The DSR, NRF and ambitious whole-of-nation planning
Two of the Albanese government’s central policy pillars: the Defence Strategic Review and National Reconstruction Fund, have been billed as major step changes in the...
June 08 2023
UK’s Barrow-in-Furness gives a glimpse of Australia’s future subs program
Opinion: While it’s a lovely town, Barrow-in-Furness shows that the assembly of nuclear submarines will not create a vibrant local economy outside the walls of the...
June 07 2023
Small ships, big effects
Opinion: The introduction of a fleet of missile-armed patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy forms a lethal and agile component of the DSR’s strategy of deterrence,...
June 06 2023
Balancing speed and long-term manufacturing capability will give us the edge
One of the key lessons to come out of the Ukraine conflict is that when two “modern militaries” slug it out, it isn’t going to be a quick, “fire and...
June 05 2023
Is the focus on US-China ‘polarity’ blinding us to broader changes?
With much of the global and domestic attention focused heavily on the struggle for dominance and polarity between the United States and China, are we overlooking the emerging...
June 02 2023
Government recognition that larger fleet is needed, still leaves questions
With the government’s DSR identifying the need for a larger, more dispersed fleet to “complement” the long-range and deterrence-focused mission of...
June 01 2023
US is central to Australia’s strategic security, but what if they’re not available?
Since the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US has been the foundation of Australia’s defence posture, providing, as former defence minister Kim Beazley states, the...
May 31 2023
Kissinger on coexistence, Taiwan and the future of US-China relations
Many pray that the great power competition simmering away between the United States and China doesn’t boil over into open conflict, for contentious former secretary of...
May 30 2023
At 100, Kissinger sees the rhyming nature of history
Celebrating a century, one of America’s greatest strategists, Henry Kissinger, has spoken out about the rhyming flow of history, with the global competition between the...
May 29 2023
Forget transparent seas – What’s the plan to deal with crowded oceans?
Opinion: Eight Australian nuclear submarines operating sometime in the 2050s is a long way off. Even Australia operating its first Virginia Class submarine by 2033, all...
May 26 2023
Congress report highlights challenges of great power competition
With growing attention on the challenges posed by renewed great power competition between the United States and rivals like China and Russia, the Congressional Research...
May 25 2023
Beware the allure of rose-coloured glasses, warns former Aussie diplomat
India has been billed as one of our great strategic opportunities, benefactors, and hope in the face of the challenges of this newly multipolar world, however, for former...
May 24 2023
Power projection and long-range sea denial at the core of Beijing’s ambitions
With modernisation rapidly transforming the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA-N), power projection, area denial, and long-range strike platforms and capabilities are...
May 19 2023
Congressional report into Chinese Navy reinforces major concerns
A US congressional report into the modernisation and expansion of China’s naval power has revealed major concerns about the future stability of the region and...
May 18 2023
The unique nature of our service
Opinion: The families of defence members wear no medals nor uniform — they stand unrecognisable, and unseen in the shadow of their loved one — yet the ripple...
May 17 2023
Industry makes renewed calls for expanded naval capabilities
Defence industry is rallying to hold government’s feet to the fire over its recognition that Navy requires more firepower and faster, two questions remain: will...
May 16 2023
The case for an Indo-Pacific Defence industrial base accelerator
Opinion: With a growing emphasis on bridging the gap between research and development and fielding of capability identified in the Defence Strategic Review, working with...
May 12 2023
Bolstering Japan’s defence industry, national security and opportunities for partnerships
Japan, like Australia, has recognised the growing challenges to regional security require a far more robust and targeted investment in defence industry and focus on national...
May 11 2023