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Expanding our amphibious capabilities is great, but they have to be survivable
May 10 2023
With Army being reshaped to emphasise long-range fires and flexible amphibious operations in the aftermath of the DSR, is the emphasis on lighter vehi...
With another surface fleet review, what sort of fleet do we need?
One of the key announcements of the government’s DSR is that our surface fleet would be subject to yet another review into its force structure slated for release later...
May 09 2023
Does the DSR provide the policy mandate for Defence to really evolve?
Opinion: The Defence Strategic Review (DSR) is out, and I haven’t seen Defence’s acquisition process get mauled this badly since, well, the last review, writes...
May 08 2023
Australia, it’s time for ‘the talk’: Time to take ourselves seriously
Like any adolescent, there comes a point in time where our parents sit us down and have “the talk”. For Australia, that time has come, and rather than being a...
May 05 2023
If we are serious about long-range strike, why didn’t we opt for B-21s?
With the government continuing to emphasise long-range strike as its preferred method of implementing its doctrine of “impactful projection”, why then has Air Force...
May 04 2023
Growing Australian industry involvement in the supply chain
Opinion: Building Australia’s industrial capability to support and deliver next-generation defence capabilities is an essential step towards building and enhancing national...
May 02 2023
The Anzac biscuit — a mixed bag of new ideas and old assumptions
Opinion: The public version of the government response to the Defence Strategic Review report provides clarity and many innovative new ideas, although set in a continuing...
April 28 2023
Rallying the nation’s resources to deliver a whole-of-nation response
At the core of the Defence Strategic Review is the recognition that it takes a nation to defend a nation, with reinvigorated emphasis placed on mobilising Australia in a...
April 27 2023
DSR defines our strategic environment, but will the proposals deliver?
The long-awaited release of the government’s Defence Strategic Review has moved to reorientate Australia’s primary area of focus and responsibility. While more details...
April 26 2023
Helping the Australian public to understand the importance of deterrence
Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarines have been described as the foundation of the nation’s deterrence-focused posture. However, it is something the Australian...
April 20 2023
No longer a bit player, Australian leaders and public need to step it up
Former Australian high commissioner to the UK and federal attorney-general, George Brandis, KC, has issued a warning for Australia’s leaders and public: prepare for hard...
April 18 2023
How does Australia turn the tide in a new Cold War?
Amid growing recognition that the unipolar world is collapsing and the competition between the United States and China becomes more pointed, many strategic thinkers, media...
April 17 2023
DSR and adapt – Implementing DSR as a wargame
Opinion: “Improvise, adapt, and overcome” are famous words from survival expert and former British SAS operator Bear Grylls, not seemingly relevant to modern...
April 14 2023
Could Beijing ‘borrow’ America’s Cold War Cuba strategy to lock down Taiwan?
While attitudes changed over time, America’s Cold War quarantine of Cuba is widely recognised as a legitimate response to a direct threat to the US mainland. Could the core...
April 13 2023
The way ahead unfolds as progress is achieved
Opinion: There is an unjustified poor regard for defence program acquisition costs and delivery dates. What the general public fails to understand is that in many cases, the...
April 12 2023
Ahead of the Defence Strategic Review: Why submarines, ghost drones and missiles won’t solve all our problems
Opinion: The Defence Strategic Review, recently handed to the Australian government, will have a heavy emphasis on Defence hardware — submarines, missiles, armoured...
April 11 2023
Filling the deterrence hole left by AUKUS subs
Opinion: There’s a hole in the middle of the discussion about defence, AUKUS and nuclear submarines.  And that hole is what will be done to deter conflict involving China...
April 06 2023
Embracing the novel key to shaping better national security choices: Lowy Institute
Navigating the ebbs and flows of the new regional and global paradigm is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s greatest challenges. While the tried-and-true method...
April 04 2023
Getting our workforce match fit: How can Australia build the AUKUS submarine workforce?
Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarine fleet is described as the most complex and ambitious nation-building program in our history, placing immense strain on our...
April 03 2023
Air superiority, ship killers key to defending Taiwan: US PACAF commander
The US Air Force’s Pacific Air Forces Commander, General Kenneth Wilsbach, has warned that the United States and its allies will need to step up their game in order to...
March 31 2023