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Tim Walmsley
16 Jun 2021
‘Big Hands’ announcements disengage SMEs
In the military, they have a saying: ‘Big hands, small map’. This essentially means you have completely skimmed over the details in your plan and ...
11 Jun 2021
Why Queensland is a gun state on Defence jobs
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price explains how Queensland can power Australia’s sovereign capability agenda.  ...
2 Jun 2021
Op-Ed: Australian roadmap for nuclear submarine acquisition
France recently announced it had reached agreement with India to develop six nuclear attack submarines (SSN) for the Indian Navy. ...
1 Jun 2021
Op-Ed: Avoiding previous mistakes in counter-terrorism – Why hard power is not a solution to the Salafi-jihadi crisis in sub-Saharan Africa
Counter-terrorism expert Isaac Kfir analyses the current Salafist insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa, and the counterinsurgency methods to combat this o...
26 May 2021
Should Australia explore alternatives to an F-35 top-up?
Has the ongoing debate over the future of the US Air Force’s F-35 fleet opened an opportunity for Australia to explore alternatives for the RAAF? ...
18 May 2021
Op-Ed: Strategic update from Naval Group Australia program director Graeme Bent
Australia’s Future Submarine Program is on the cusp of an exciting new phase as a new and modern shipyard rises from the ground and preparations are...
3 May 2021
Op-ed: Integration and interoperability through generic architectures – A benefit to Defence, and paving the way for AIC
Generic architectures can increase capability and performance for Defence. It can lower through-life costs and cost of ownership. Defence is investing...
30 Apr 2021
Op-Ed: Industry confidence in future submarine project sunk
"We’re six years and $2 billion into the project and Australian industry isn’t happy. And they shouldn’t be." Senator Rex Patrick compiled hi...
11 Feb 2021
Op-Ed: Australia punching above its weight in defence R&D
Australia is a land of high-tech innovation. That was the number one reason why the US Office of Naval Research Global made the decision to open an of...
29 Jan 2021
Op-Ed: Defence industry urged to rise to data challenge in 2021
Events over the last 12 months have provided a catalyst for digital initiatives within military organisations and their in-service support partners. W...
27 Jan 2021
Op-Ed: Apache selection tells a broader tale of Australia’s defence mindset
NSW senator and former Major General of the Australian Army, Jim Molan, weighs in on the government’s recent decision to replace the Tiger Armed Rec...
22 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: All systems go for next-gen Hunter class frigate program
In a year that has seen tragic loss of life, millions lose their jobs, some of the world’s biggest economies devastated and major events cancelled a...
21 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: 2021 and maintaining the rage against Xi’s China post-Trump
As 2020 rapidly comes to a close, the world is still reeling from COVID-19, a disease that has shattered public confidence in healthcare systems and g...
18 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: The importance of proper defence recruiting for capability
Australian industry has a long tradition of building and supporting defence equipment and infrastructure and it is important to ensure the skills and ...
17 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: As Defence goes digital, Australia’s ambitions should grow
With commercial aerospace disrupted and Defence doubling down on demand driven by global tensions and economic stimulus, the outlook for Australia’s...
16 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: Why it’s time to swap occasional cyber awareness training for embedded education initiatives
In today’s heightened threat landscape users need to be on their guard, but the odd training session won’t ensure cyber safety remains top of mind...
15 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: Not your dad’s password – Maintaining critical information, system security in the new world
Passwords may be one of the oldest forms of guaranteeing information and system integrity and security, yet often overlooked in favour of more advanc...
7 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: Victoria stepping up to support advanced technology defence industry
In a feature Defence Connect article on 27 November 2020, Victorian senator David Van called on the Victorian government to step up its efforts to att...
1 Dec 2020
Op-Ed: A Machiavellian tale – Or a tale of self-reliance
COVID-19 and the unfolding geo-strategic competition has shed light on the vulnerability of global supply chains and, critically, the necessity for na...
30 Nov 2020
Op-Ed: Artificial intelligence and the future of command & control
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the key technologies that will reshape the nature of contemporary warfare and key force multiplier capabilities...

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