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21 Jan 2020
Responding to the age of disruption by asking the difficult questions
Rising great power competition, mounting national debt, automation, economic instability and climate change are all serving to undermine the traditi...
16 Jan 2020
Sorry Hewson, you’re wrong: The ADF’s primary role is to defend the nation, not disaster response
Former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson has issued a rallying cry to see the ADF mobilised to address the nation’s “greatest security threat...
15 Jan 2020
Preparing the nation for a truly sovereign naval shipbuilding capability
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the government’s $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program. As the multibillion-dollar Arafura Class and Hunter...
24 Dec 2019
A royal commission is the best way to find solutions to the veteran suicide crisis
With much ink already spilled on the merits of a royal commission into veteran suicide, it’s helpful to recap what we know and what we don’t know ...
11 Dec 2019
How can Australia’s mid-sized defence manufacturers work with or compete with the primes?
Australia’s small to medium-sized business (SMB) manufacturing sector has been given a significant boost as a result of the record $200 billion wort...
9 Dec 2019
The links between national security and a world-leading education capability
As Australia struggles to comprehend its latest abysmal results and slip in the global rankings of education performance, Industry 4.0 and the growing...
2 Dec 2019
Transforming the performance of defence assets
In the decade to 2020, the Australian government has earmarked more than $150 billion in spending on new defence capabilities. Around 80 per cent of ...
4 Oct 2019
NSW to make a splash at Pacific 2019: Minister Ayres
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres has welcomed Pacific 2019 exhibitors to Sydney, with the state well positio...
16 Sep 2019
Time to rethink Australia’s strategic milling over China
Australia’s strategic, economic and political apprehension about the rising power of China in the Indo-Pacific has dominated recent national debate...
10 Sep 2019
Helping the tall poppies grow – Supporting the growth of Australia’s defence SMEs
Australia’s defence industry and advanced manufacturing sectors are going from strength to strength with the support of the Defence Industrial Capab...
27 Aug 2019
Hugh White’s Defence of Australia doctrine sounds worryingly familiar
Following a renewed vision of the 1980’s-era Defence of Australia policy championed by Professor Hugh White, debate has been set alight, with former...
20 Aug 2019
Securing Australia’s naval shipbuilding future and navigating the challenges of industry modernisation
Australia’s record $95 billion shipbuilding program is poised to reshape the nation’s naval shipbuilding capacity and the future warfare capabilit...
17 Jul 2019
SMEs hold the key to developing Australia’s defence sector
Australia’s SME ecosystem has gone from strength to strength as a result of the record $200 billion worth of investment in Australia’s defence and...
16 Jul 2019
Building an Australian grand strategy
Grand strategy is rarely mentioned in Australian defence debates. That’s unfortunate as it’s designed for use in solving complex problems when res...
1 Jul 2019
Will a royal commission into veteran suicide address the larger issue?
Australia’s service personnel answer the call to protect the nation and its interests – with single-minded dedication and commitment to keeping Au...
19 Jun 2019
A national strategy must acknowledge a changing global order
The changing nature of the global order, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, and the apparent willingness of potential adversaries to use economic, poli...
12 Jun 2019
Shifting from the ‘sea-air gap’ toward ‘forward defence in depth’
As the geo-strategic environment of the Indo-Pacific continues to evolve Australia’s traditional protective moat, the “sea-air gap” and the stra...
20 May 2019
Manufacturing matters now more than ever
Australia is on the verge of a manufacturing revolution. The car industry may have declined, but Australian businesses are still busy designing and b...
13 May 2019
Power – Projection and protection in the Indo-Pacific
Australia needs to re-evaluate its position and pursuit of modern maritime-based power projection capabilities, including fixed-wing naval aviation in...
29 Apr 2019
National security strategy key to linking new ADF capabilities together
Australia is undertaking some overdue reforms of the defence sector. The federal government has done commendable work in this area, undertaking the la...

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