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12 Jun 2019
Load sharing: Enhancing the Australia-Japan strategic partnership
As challenges to the modern economic and strategic balance of power in the Indo-Pacific continue to mount, closer collaboration between Australia and ...
12 Jun 2019
Shifting from the ‘sea-air gap’ toward ‘forward defence in depth’
As the geo-strategic environment of the Indo-Pacific continues to evolve Australia’s traditional protective moat, the “sea-air gap” and the stra...
11 Jun 2019
Balancing the need for ‘green’ and ‘blue’ water naval capabilities
In recent weeks we have taken a closer look at how the shift towards the contested waterways of the Indo-Pacific, combined with advances in technology...
11 Jun 2019
Australia’s answer to NORAD: The growing need for continental IAMD
While AIR 6500 goes part of the way to introducing an Australian integrated air and missile defence and multi-domain battle management system, the gro...
10 Jun 2019
Defining the end goal for the Naval Shipbuilding Plan
Any good policy identifies an end objective then works its way back to the beginning. As Australia’s naval shipbuilding capability steadily grows, i...
10 Jun 2019
Back to the future: Combining a mothership with modern PT boats for sea control
PT boats combined high speed, swarming tactics and an arsenal to level the playing field against larger and more expensive surface ships during the P...
7 Jun 2019
How big is too big? Increasing the size of the ADF
The ADF is beset by an almost perfect storm. A period of modernisation combined with the increasing capability of regional peer and near-peer competi...
7 Jun 2019
Applying pressure: Pursuing a 5th-gen air superiority capability
Despite assertions otherwise, the F-35 is not designed to win a close-in air-to-air fight. Regional developments of fifth-generation air superiority c...
6 Jun 2019
Strengthening Australia’s defence industry through export hubs and partnerships
As Australia’s domestic defence industrial base continues to grow, the need to embrace export opportunities becomes critical to the enduring success...
6 Jun 2019
Turning of the tide: Remembering D-Day 75 years on
Seventy-five years ago, soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Armed Forces began the largest amphibious operation in history with the goal of lib...
5 Jun 2019
The carrier question and Australia’s options
As Korea, Japan, China and India continue to invest in aircraft carriers to enhance their maritime security and power projection capabilities – the ...
5 Jun 2019
Despite technology, conventional capabilities will still play a pivotal role
Despite the emphasis placed on revolutionary technologies like stealth, hypersonics, directed energy weapons, autonomous systems and cyber capabilitie...
4 Jun 2019
Advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and resetting industrialisation
Advanced manufacturing, including the internet of things, additive manufacturing and automation, is serving to reshape the industrial capacity of many...
4 Jun 2019
Beyond the ‘black’ or ‘white’ thinking of Australia’s strategic discussion
Over the past century, Australia’s defence and national security strategy has vacillated between wild extremes, often embodying a narrow ‘black’...
3 Jun 2019
Air Force recapitalisation and is the air force big enough?
Like its counterparts, the Royal Australian Air Force is undergoing a period of unprecedented modernisation and expansion. However, as regional air fo...
3 Jun 2019
Balancing export and domestic consumption – Diversifying Australia’s naval shipbuilding capabilities
While Australia’s defence industry has gone from strength to strength in a short period of time –naval shipbuilding and the $95 billion program ha...
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...

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