• Rethinking threats to our national security

    Brendan Nicholson     |      December 2, 2020

    Building sovereign manufacturing capabilities, diversifying our trade from China and facing the reality of climate change are all important parts of building a more resilient Australia.

  • A post-Covid-19 reset for the world

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 19, 2020

    Think tanks and key leaders from around the world will meet in a massive online event this week to search for ways to reset history in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Pulling back the veil

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 15, 2020

    Allegations of atrocities by Australian special forces in Afghanistan have been circulating for years, and the forthcoming report on the issue may raise some uncomfortable issues.

  • Air force ramps up for ‘grey zone’ missions

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 2, 2020

    The Royal Australian Air Force must be able to operate in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific ‘grey zone’ of super power confrontation.

  • Bushfire royal commission warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 1, 2020

    The commission says strong adaptation measures are necessary to respond to the impacts of climate change, and warming beyond the next 20 to 30 years is largely dependent on the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Helping first responders deal with stress

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 16, 2020

    Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing mental health support to members of first responder agencies and their families.

  • Forewarned is forearmed

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 9, 2020

    Army chief Lieutenant General Rick Burr has written to all of Australia’s soldiers to prepare them for the release of a report expected to contain shocking allegations that a small number of troops carried out multiple war crimes in Afghanistan.

  • Restoring military culture

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 6, 2020

    The Australian Army is rebuilding the cultural and ethical base of its special forces in the light of allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan.

  • Economics may drive the climate change solution

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 21, 2020

    Measures to reduce climate change are likely to be driven by economics as more nations measure the true cost of burning fossil fuels.

  • Grim findings to come in war crimes investigation

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 12, 2020

    Australians will be dismayed by the findings of an investigation into allegations that their special forces in Afghanistan committed war crimes, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned.

  • The army must be ready to fight more than fires

    Brendan Nicholson     |      June 1, 2020

    The ADF’s primary focus on defending the nation has not changed but the military can still lend a hand when the nation is burning.

  • The rocky road from concept to combat

    Brendan Nicholson     |      January 3, 2020

    The way industry, the army and military scientists worked together to harden the Bushmaster against ever more devastating IEDs offers a model of effective defence cooperation.