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3 Jun 2020
‘Upgunned’ OPVs are still only constabulary vessels
ASPI defence economist Marcus Hellyer makes some valid points about enhancing the combat punch of the RAN’s future Arafura Class OPVs. However, it i...
2 Jun 2020
Global turmoil and lockdown leaves Australia increasingly isolated
As chaos continues to unfold on American streets and the UK remains in a state of lockdown, Australia’s two most dependable “great and powerful”...
1 Jun 2020
Post-COVID inclusion to G7+ means Australia needs to step up its game
The US President’s idea of including Australia in the next G7 meetings heralds a major shift in the nation’s standing on the world stage, however,...
29 May 2020
In the face of a rising region, is Australia really a ‘middle power’?
Australia has long been described as a ‘middle power’, particularly within the post-Second World War order – however, in the face of a rising In...
29 May 2020
As India snubs Trump offer, China steps up border presence
As world leaders wrestle with the coronavirus outbreak, squabbles have once again erupted along India’s north-east. What started off as isolated inc...
28 May 2020
US Indo-Pacific Commander backs Australia’s COVID response
Admiral Philip Davidson, head of US Indo-Pacific Command, has celebrated the Australian government’s push for a global inquiry into COVID-19 and Bei...
28 May 2020
Upgunning OPVs doesn’t address the issue of securing sea lanes
ASPI defence economist Marcus Hellyer has called for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura Class to be ‘upgunned’ by incorporating a suite of...
27 May 2020
China announces defence budget, reignites Taiwan rhetoric
China has announced a 6.6 per cent growth in its defence budget for this year. The growth in China’s defence budget has seen spending rise from $16...
27 May 2020
US Open Skies exit to create headaches for NATO
Just this week, the Trump administration signalled an intention to withdraw from the historic Open Skies Treaty. While the surveillance flights it per...
26 May 2020
Secretary Pompeo’s warnings shouldn’t fall on deaf ears
Over the weekend, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo levelled a stark and foreboding warning to Australia – Victoria’s pursuit of funding under the...
25 May 2020
The Italian Job: Italian Navy completes F-35B upgrade of Cavour aircraft carrier
The Italian Navy has celebrated a major milestone in the life of its LHD/aircraft carrier hybrid, the Cavour, following a 16-month complex overhaul ...
22 May 2020
Startling Raptor availability raises the question, please sir, can we have some more?
There are those who say it will never happen, but with the revelation that the US Air Force is only capable of deploying 33 combat coded F-22 Raptors ...
21 May 2020
COVID-disrupted supply chains mean its time for a strategic industries act: Hastie
Influential Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie has called for the Australian government to embrace a holistic approach to the post-COVID recovery, work...
20 May 2020
Time for an Australian version of the Defense Production Act?
The Defense Production Act has re-emerged in the public consciousness in recent weeks as President Trump moved to re-enact the Cold War-era legislatio...
19 May 2020
Automated airbases: The answer to recruitment shortfalls?
Since the birth of our nation, Australia “has been a small country living in a land of giants”, as termed by Coral Bell for the Australian Strateg...
18 May 2020
PM signals shift in economic, national sovereignty plans post-COVID
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given a rare glimpse into the early stages of what Australia’s post-COVID-19 recovery strategy will look like, giv...
15 May 2020
We have an inquiry, now what? What should we expect, what should we ask for post-COVID inquiry?
The public groundswell has finally seen Australian political leaders commit to an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19, but what should the Australian ...
15 May 2020
F-35 saga: US officials take DoD to task over ballooning costs, deadlines
In a report tabled earlier this week by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of issues were flagged with the F-35 Joint Strike Figh...
14 May 2020
Less kowtowing, more cowboy: ASPI head
ASPI executive director Peter Jennings has responded to calls for a more benign approach to Australia’s strategic and national sovereignty policies ...
14 May 2020
US analyst raises concerns about America’s military primacy in Indo-Pacific
It is something that Australia and other allies have taken for granted – the undisputed primacy of the US and its capacity to throw its military pro...

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