• Australia’s defence and security: Are we doing enough?

    Jim Molan     |      February 3, 2019

    Given that anything in Australian defence takes decades to mature, an upcoming election is the perfect time to talk about the issue of defence and security.

  • Beefing up the Parliamentary Defence Committee

    Jim Molan     |      December 16, 2018

    Australia’s Parliamentary defence committee should be given the power to pursue a national security strategy, given the increasing threat of China in the region and the relative military decline of the United States.

  • Forward ‘defence in depth’ for Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 27, 2018

    China is determined to challenge the US across the Indo-Pacific and replace the established rules-based order with a Chinese-led system. Extending Australia’s defence capability would help counter this threat.

  • Building our own warships is Australia’s path to the next industrial revolution

    Giselle Rampersad     |      November 25, 2018

    The Federal government’s substantial investment in new frigates and submarines may prove as important to our nation’s economy as it is to our military security.

  • Once bitten, twice shy – Getting real about Australia’s security

    Jim Molan     |      November 20, 2018

    Australia’s reliance on an over-stretched, under-resourced Royal Navy was exposed by Japan in the Second World War and we must not make the same mistake by over-relying on the USA as China steps up its regional ambitions and power.

  • The limits of Australia’s defence diplomacy

    Daniel Baldino     |      October 28, 2018

    Defence diplomacy has many important benefits, not least in helping other countries facing large-scale disasters. These endeavours enhance security and indirectly generate confidence, resilience and goodwill but expectations of their impacts need to remain modest and fixed on short- to medium-term security goals.

  • Australia needs a clear national security strategy

    Jim Molan     |      October 14, 2018

    Australia needs to move towards a holistic security strategy directed much more specifically by government. And this must start with an acknowledgement of the principal threats to Australia in a changing strategic environment.

  • Australia should double its defence budget

    Richard Menhinick     |      October 13, 2018

    Despite the Coalition’s modernising programs and extra money currently allocated to building new ships, we need a navy and a defence budget commensurate with a worsening strategic situation.

  • Why we need a radically new defence policy

    Paul Dibb     |      October 10, 2018

    Australia’s international security outlook is starting to look very unpredictable and potentially threatening. Australian defence planners must now deal with a world which is very different from any they have known before.

  • The mangled myths dogging the joint strike fighter

    Brendan Nicholson     |      September 20, 2018

    With the RAAF’s first two operational joint strike fighters arriving in early December, long-time critics have launched a fresh wave of claims that the aircraft is a disaster, but are any of these assertions actually true?

  • Knights in shining armour: AFVs in the Australian Army

    Jim Molan     |      September 1, 2018

    The Australian army has always been curiously reluctant to commit tanks and armoured vehicles to the battlefield, but far from being obsolete, armour continues to play a vital role in modern counter-insurgency and warfare.

  • Australian ingenuity is still flying high

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 11, 2018

    Lockheed Martin’s chief executive in Australia, Vince Di Pietro, praises Australia’s record of innovation in the past and looks forward to a bright future of technological co-operation with the USA.