• A warning to the curious

    Brendan Nicholson     |      December 24, 2021

    Former defence minister Kim Beazley has delivered a sobering comparison between how Australia dealt with the lead-up to World War II and the complex and deteriorating strategic situation it faces now.

  • Embracing change to face evolving threats

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 1, 2021

    The speed of technological change and the deteriorating strategic context are driving transformation of the Australian Army, according to Lieutenant General Rick Burr.

  • Ethical hackers test Australia’s census system

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 10, 2021

    In the lead-up to the census, cybersecurity specialists have been bombarding the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ online systems to probe any vulnerabilities.

  • ‘Talking under water’ with the Red Cross

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 27, 2021

    Kath Stewart served as Australian Army officer on peacekeeping missions and as an official from the International Committee of the Red Cross with just her wits, experience and negotiating skills to calm violent situations.

  • A farewell to arms

    Brendan Nicholson     |      April 19, 2021

    The war in Afghanistan has profoundly changed the Australian Army and had a significant impact on the whole defence force.

  • The RAAF in the 21st century

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 28, 2021

    New missiles, planes and drones will give Australia’s air force the additional range and power it needs to defend our country in the years ahead.

  • 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.