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3 Jul 2020
Strategist concurs, it is time for Australia to defend itself
Acclaimed defence policy expert Paul Dibb, author of the 1986 Dibb report, has applauded the Prime Minister’s $270 billion plan to enhance Australi...
3 Jul 2020
Defence strategy is a good beginning, but there needs to be more support
When viewed in isolation, the recently announced Defence Strategy Update and supporting $270 billion capability investment is a pivotal step change in...
2 Jul 2020
ASEAN summit fails to deliver on South China Sea flashpoint
After the 10-bloc ASEAN summit convened remotely on 26 June, many were hopeful that Vietnam – which chaired the meeting – would use it as a plat...
2 Jul 2020
Defence Minister to provide greater detail for future strategy, but is it enough?
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds is expected to finesse the picture of Australia’s future defence strategy and acquisition plan as painted by the Pri...
1 Jul 2020
Saddle up, lock and load: PM outlines $270bn worth of kit, force structure changes
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds have revealed the long awaited Force Structure Plan and Defence Strategy Update, d...
1 Jul 2020
‘The future is now’: Defence boost backed in by experts
Senator Jim Molan and ASPI’s Peter Jennings have thrown their weight behind defence spending boosts, as Canberra ups funding to 2 per cent of GDP o...
30 Jun 2020
PM to reaffirm commitment to nation’s defence capability investment
As regional tensions continue to mount, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to defence expenditure, with an ...
30 Jun 2020
Japanese Izumo carrier modification progresses well
Japan’s unprecedented wave of military modernisation is at a critical juncture as the first of the Izumo Class ‘helicopter carriers’ marks a cr...
29 Jun 2020
US House Armed Services Committee backs calls for Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative
Following plans outlined by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has identified US$3.6 billion to sup...
26 Jun 2020
Japan shifts focus from defensive Aegis to ‘pre-emptive’ strike capability
Following revelations that Japan has formally cancelled its introduction of the Aegis Ashore defence system, the country has shifted gears with a focu...
24 Jun 2020
Australian public backing stronger response to Beijing is a perfect opportunity
Polling conducted by the Lowy Institute has revealed that a growing number of the Australian public believe the government should take a stronger sta...
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...

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