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23 Jun 2020
Concerns Australia’s defence mega projects could break the bank
ASPI’s defence economist Marcus Hellyer has expressed a growing concern that the nation’s well documented defence mega projects present a troublin...
23 Jun 2020
Co-opting the Commonwealth: The role Australia can play in Ladakh
In recent weeks, informal fighting between troops in the contested Ladakh region escalated to some of the worst clashes since 1967. While both sides a...
22 Jun 2020
From the ashes of COVID arises a regional power
For many nations COVID-19 has served as a form of divine intervention, revealing foundations of sand and the frailty of over dependence on the lowest ...
19 Jun 2020
Arsenal planes won’t address the US and allied long-range strike shortfalls
The age and capability of America’s Cold War-era strategic bomber force has raised concerns both in Washington and allied capitals, and while the B-...
19 Jun 2020
Photo essay: Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
In addition to domestic security and border protection roles, Defence also plays an integral part in Australian humanitarian efforts. Building on shar...
18 Jun 2020
Silicon Valley to Shenzhen – What the tech war means for Australia
As tensions ratchet up between the world’s two economic powerhouses, Australian diplomats are seeking to chart a course through the centre of the s...
17 Jun 2020
Preparing for the future: US Senate NDAA summary outlines plans
As counter terrorism and the War on Terror gives way to a period of renewed ‘great power competition’, the US has kick-started a period of defence...
16 Jun 2020
Concerns over Chinese interest in Aussie infrastructure should raise alarms
Australia’s lack of water and energy security infrastructure is widely known. Combined with the rising brinkmanship between Beijing and Canberra alo...
16 Jun 2020
US Navy told to get a move on with next-gen fighter aircraft program
As the US Air Force surges ahead with the business case for its ‘digital century’ series of next-generation air combat capability, the US Navy has...
15 Jun 2020
Looking to the Collins LOTE and ensuring a survivable submarine force
There have been recent revelations that the Commonwealth is pursuing a $3.5 billion Collins ‘life-of-type-extension’ (LOTE) program to avoid a str...
15 Jun 2020
Filling Australia’s aerial long-range strike gap, with a UCAV?
Australia has been missing an effective long-range strike platform since the retirement of the F-111 and finding the right platform to fill the role ...
12 Jun 2020
Former RAN chief calls for ‘operations research roadmap’
Tim Barrett, former chief of the Royal Australian Navy and one-time head of the naval aviation test and evaluation organisation, has called the branch...
11 Jun 2020
Make or break moment for US Air Force next-gen fighter program
As peer competitors continue to field fifth-gen air dominance fighter fleets, the US Air Force has sought to maintain its qualitative edge despite bu...
10 Jun 2020
US senator urges Australia to join moves to manage Beijing’s ambitions
Influential Republican senator Rick Scott has urged democracies, including Australia, to counter Beijing’s emboldened post-COVID pursuit of “world...
9 Jun 2020
Looking into the crystal ball: Preparing for the 2030s and a contested environment
Without a doubt the strategic environment and assessments that informed the 2016 Defence White Paper and ensuing Force Structure have changed. In lig...
8 Jun 2020
Video games and warfighting: The curious link
In recent weeks, the ADF announced that it is looking to draw on VR technology to refine and build on its education strategies. Defence Connect reveal...
5 Jun 2020
Increasing Indo-Pacific nuclear boats and the impact on strategic stability
As the Indo-Pacific continues to evolve economically and strategically, one of the traditional measures of great power status – nuclear attack and m...
5 Jun 2020
White Paper update should make sovereign capability ‘new normal’
Amidst a year of unprecedented global turmoil, the looming update to the national White Paper poses a unique opportunity to overhaul outdated practice...
4 Jun 2020
INSIGHT: COVID-19 implications on national sovereignty - the Hon. David Fawcett
On this episode of Defence Connect Insight, hosts Phil Tarrant and Steve Kuper are joined by the Hon. David Fawcett, senator for South Australia and c...
4 Jun 2020
Foreign drones turning the tide in Libya
On 1 March, the Turkish military launched an air assault on a number of Syrian government targets in retaliation for an attack that killed 34 Turkish ...

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