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3 Jun 2019
Game plan – The need to rethink our national security strategy
Not since the years preceding the Second World War has Australia’s geo-strategic reality been more unpredictable – the rise of China, combined ...
31 May 2019
Enhancing Australian and allied strategic sealift in the Indo-Pacific
The geographic realities of the Indo-Pacific require a robust sealift capability. While nations like the US and UK implement such capabilities, Austr...
31 May 2019
Push it to the limit – The next steps in developing Australia’s defence industry
Australia’s defence industry has gone from strength to strength in a short period of time – however, global competition and world-leading capabili...
30 May 2019
What constitutes a national security strategy?
National security has traditionally focused on traditionally ‘hard power’ concepts of conventional economic and military power, espionage and int...
30 May 2019
Army recapitalisation and is the Army big enough?
The Australian Army is undergoing a period of unprecedented modernisation and expansion – however, as the Army is required to respond to an increas...
29 May 2019
Hard and fast: Brigade Combat Teams and the hardened army
Australia’s pursuit of a dedicated amphibious power projection capability is one of the core modernisation programs for both the Army and the ‘Joi...
29 May 2019
Enhancing the capability of the ADF – Opening the conversation about future key enablers
Key enablers form a central component of building and supporting the capabilities of the ADF – as potential adversaries continue to invest in simila...
28 May 2019
Future-proofing Navy and securing shipbuilding jobs
With $90 billion worth of naval shipbuilding programs, the Royal Australian Navy and naval shipbuilding industry would appear to be in an enviable pos...
28 May 2019
Australia’s own Indo-Pacific fortress – The case for redeveloping Cocos Islands
Set amid an idyllic island paradise, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands have long played a role in Australia’s defence policy and military history – now,...
27 May 2019
New defence appointments shift focus towards greater regional role and capability development
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new look defence portfolio draws on broad experience to oversee the delivery of key materiel acquisition, alliance b...
27 May 2019
Photo Essay: Australia’s silent assassins
Australia’s Collins Class submarines form a critical component of the nation’s deterrence capabilities – while the fleet has faced issues thro...
27 May 2019
Air power as a key component in modern deterrence theory
Contemporary air power forms a critical component of any modern air force’s capability package – as technology has evolved with the advent of fift...
24 May 2019
Developing Australia’s anti-satellite capabilities as a deterrent
The increasing dependence and vulnerability of space-based intelligence, surveillance and communications assets, combined with the ever-advancing pace...
24 May 2019
Photo Essay: Australia’s growing amphibious capabilities
Australia’s geo-strategic reality has seen the Australian Defence Force shift its focus towards developing a credible amphibious ‘joint force’ c...
23 May 2019
Future-proofing Australia's aerial strike gap
The retirement of Australia’s fleet of F-111 tactical bombers in 2010 left Australia with a severely reduced aerial strike capability – the adven...
22 May 2019
‘Every nation has its story, this is ours’ – Dr Brendan Nelson, AO
The Australian War Memorial is one of the nation’s most hallowed institutions – a place of reflection upon the heroism, gallantry and honour of Au...
21 May 2019
Looking towards the 2030s – Ideas for the next Defence White Paper
As the regional balance of power continues to evolve, the next iteration of Australia’s Defence White Paper will be presented with a number of geo-s...
21 May 2019
Developing Australia’s own strategic resource reserve
Growing concern about Australia’s lack of strategic resource reserves – mainly liquid energy supplies – is emerging as a major issue to be faced...
20 May 2019
Manufacturing matters now more than ever
Australia is on the verge of a manufacturing revolution. The car industry may have declined, but Australian businesses are still busy designing and b...
20 May 2019
3 more years and a next-generation Defence wish list
With the Coalition returned and cabinet position announcements imminent – building on the success of the preceding six years in the Defence portfoli...

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