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16 Jan 2020
Sorry Hewson, you’re wrong: The ADF’s primary role is to defend the nation, not disaster response
Former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson has issued a rallying cry to see the ADF mobilised to address the nation’s “greatest security threat...
15 Jan 2020
$80bn future submarine program runs aground, again
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a scathing review into the nation’s largest defence program – the $80 billion Attack Cla...
15 Jan 2020
Preparing the nation for a truly sovereign naval shipbuilding capability
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the government’s $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program. As the multibillion-dollar Arafura Class and Hunter...
14 Jan 2020
Going it alone: White proposes confronting reality for Australia’s strategic future
Hugh White has called for Australia’s strategic and political leaders to envisage a world where the nation will be required to embrace its national ...
14 Jan 2020
US Navy leadership refuses to accept ‘hollow force’ in face of future challenges
As the US Navy pursues its goal of 355 ships, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has stressed the importance of maintaining the qualitative edg...
13 Jan 2020
The growing importance of morals in foreign and defence policy
In a world of growing ‘grey areas’, the often ‘black and white’ of morality is not as distinct – political and hybrid warfare and embolden...
13 Jan 2020
Australia’s precarious energy grid undermines national security
Bushfires, heat waves and a decaying energy generation and transmission system is increasingly undermining Australia’s national security, the econo...
10 Jan 2020
Singapore approved for F-35B acquisition as tensions in SE Asia continue to brew
While the conversation about Australia’s purchase of the short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) ‘B’ variant of the F-35 periodically rears its...
10 Jan 2020
Understanding the continuing and concerning vulnerability of commercial airliners
Following revelations that a civilian airliner departing Tehran was accidentally shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile killing a number of in...
9 Jan 2020
US think tank calls for ‘fundamental reshape’ of US surface fleet to defeat Chinese threat
The US-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has launched a new report revealing the growing need for what it defines as a “fundament...
9 Jan 2020
Aussie Iraq training mission likely casualty of rising US-Iran hostilities
Australia’s long-running mission in Iraq seems about to end, not by a choice of the Australian government to disengage at the natural conclusion of ...
8 Jan 2020
South China Sea contest heats up as Indonesia joins growing anti-Beijing coalition
The 2020s have gotten off to a rough start as China’s increasingly assertive position and ambitions in the South China Sea have drawn attention from...
7 Jan 2020
‘No guarantees’: Hugh White issues alliance wake up call for 2020s
Hugh White has expanded on the thesis of his book, How to Defend Australia, to challenge the nation’s political leaders to think about what a post...
7 Jan 2020
Assessing the impact of America’s unilateral Iranian strike
As the world holds its breath for a looming clash between the US and Iran following the assassination of Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, Mohamm...
6 Jan 2020
Strategic policy expert calls for enhanced Australian response to Beijing’s political warfare
Australian strategic policy leader Alan Dupont has called for a renewed, enhanced response to counter the increasing pervasiveness of Beijing’s infl...
24 Dec 2019
A royal commission is the best way to find solutions to the veteran suicide crisis
With much ink already spilled on the merits of a royal commission into veteran suicide, it’s helpful to recap what we know and what we don’t know ...
23 Dec 2019
Record Pentagon budget approved as US refocuses on great power competition
Congress has approved US President Donald Trump’s US$738 billion defence budget as part of the administration’s US$1.4 trillion FY2020 budget, wit...
20 Dec 2019
Triumphant Johnson to conduct major overhaul of British foreign policy
Freshly returned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing for the biggest shake up in British foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, a...
18 Dec 2019
Chinese Navy takes delivery of second aircraft carrier
As if to say “we don’t care if the world is watching”, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has officially welcomed its second, an...
17 Dec 2019
China’s naval expansion continues as shipyards build at blistering rate
As the US heads towards a fleet of 355 ships, its major power contender, the People’s Liberation Army Navy, is keeping up with the US and, in some c...

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