• Labor takes the reigns in a dangerous decade

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 30, 2022

    Anthony Albanese’s incoming Labor government faces a difficult, but not insurmountable, set of diplomatic and defence challenges in safeguarding Australia from external threats in the coming decade.

  • Ukraine’s ambassador appeals for heavy weapons to defend freedom for us all

    Brendan Nicholson     |      April 28, 2022

    Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia says the country needs large stocks of heavy weapons, tanks, artillery, long-range missiles and air-defence systems to defeat the Russian offensive.

  • Russia’s nuclear bluster

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 10, 2022

    Vladimir Putin’s threat that NATO intervention to save Ukraine from his clutches would inevitably lead to nuclear war is as hollow as every other statement he makes, but is still proving effective at staying the West’s hand.

  • Help pours in for the heroes of Ukraine

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 6, 2022

    The head of Ukraine’s diplomatic mission in Australia, Volodymyr Shalkivskyi, says military and humanitarian aid sent by friendly countries is helping Ukraine fight its Russian invaders.

  • 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.