• 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Defence must adapt fast, or fail

    Brendan Nicholson     |      July 9, 2018

    The overwhelming speed of technological development means armed forces must change their approach to everything from who they recruit and train to how targets are attacked and how a nation defends itself.

  • An army is made of its people

    Brendan Nicholson     |      July 7, 2018

    The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel has been remembered as the first time American troops fought under an Australian general and a textbook study of how to plan an attack. However the individual stories from the battle underline the fact that an army is only as good as its people.

  • Bringing to light what goes on in the shadows

    Brendan Nicholson     |      June 15, 2018

    Allegations of appalling behaviour by a small number of Australian special forces soldiers accused of killing unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan must be properly investigated but also raise questions about the overuse of special forces compared to infantry personnel.

  • Defend your democracy

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 12, 2018

    John Berry, the former American Ambassador to Canberra, urges Australia, the United States and other democracies to stand up to autocratic and increasingly aggressive nations such as Russia and China and protect their institutions against all attempts to undermine them.