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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of unprecedented global turmoil, the looming update to the national White Paper poses a unique opportunity to overhaul outdated practice...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 ...
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...

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