• 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.

  • Australia’s expanding navy helps us play a larger regional role

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 9, 2019

    The Royal Australian Navy is building relationships with allies and gaining experience in an increasingly complex and uncertain Indo-Pacific region.

  • Australia’s ‘unbreakable alliance’

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 18, 2019

    Washington’s ambassador to Australia, Arthur Culvahouse, has used a speech to ASPI to stress the strength of the alliance with the United States and to reject suggestions that China and America are involved in a new cold war.

  • The threat to the West from ‘political warfare’

    Brendan Nicholson     |      June 18, 2019

    A new form of ‘political warfare’ has emerged in the internet age, with information campaigns, cyber operations and social media propaganda used by hostile state actors to undermine western democracies.

  • More is at stake than merely leaked information

    Brendan Nicholson     |      June 9, 2019

    Australians are right to be alarmed about police raids on the ABC and a newspaper journalist’s home.

  • Flying the flag in the Pacific

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 27, 2019

    Amid growing concern about potential threats to peace in the Indo-Pacific, a Royal Australian Navy task force has completed a three-month tour of seven key nations, underlining Australia’s commitment to the region.