• Boosting space capabilities through AUKUS

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 12, 2021

    A common AUKUS approach to rapid launch to reconstitute lost capabilities, as well as defensive space control to defend critical systems, would help safeguard against Russian and Chinese attacks on vital orbital systems.

  • AUKUS should reset Australian strategy

    Malcolm Davis     |      September 25, 2021

    The announcement of the AUKUS agreement is the most important development in Australian defence policy since the signing of the ANZUS Treaty in 1951 and will lead to a radical reshaping of our role in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • Australia needs a national space strategy

    Malcolm Davis     |      August 26, 2021

    The Australian Space Agency released a civil space strategy in 2019, but Defence hasn’t followed suit. It’s time for a national space strategy to guide how Australia protects its security interests in a contested high frontier.

  • One giant leap for Richard Branson

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 14, 2021

    Richard Branson’s jaunt to the edge of space may look like a publicity stunt, but it’s actually another small step towards an exciting future of commercial space travel.

  • Bringing reusable rockets to Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 21, 2021

    The development of re-useable rockets brings the promise of rapid, low-cost access to space a step closer, and increases the attractiveness of Australia as a potential launch site for both civilian and military purposes.

  • All eyes on Taiwan

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 15, 2021

    Having isolated Taiwan on the international stage through political and economic pressure, Communist China is stepping up ‘grey zone’ and military operations and seems intent on invasion.

  • The West must defend Taiwan

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 12, 2021

    To turn away from a fellow democracy under threat from an aggressive authoritarian neighbour would make a mockery of the values we advocate and lower our credibility in the eyes of many developing countries.

  • Seven sisters into space

    Malcolm Davis     |      February 1, 2021

    A consortium of companies in South Australia, led by small-satellite developer Fleet Space Technologies, is preparing for a series of missions to the moon as well as planning for future missions to Mars.

  • Australia’s rising star in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      January 16, 2021

    Australia is one of eight nations to commit to the Artemis Accords, an agreement setting out principles for cooperation in civil exploration and peaceful use of the moon, Mars, near-earth comets and asteroids.

  • Manufacturing initiative risks squandering Australia’s opportunity in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      October 28, 2020

    Although space technology is noted as a priority in the Government’s “modern manufacturing initiative”, an old fashioned approach to projects may not be enough to boost the growth in capability we need.

  • Ready for lift-off?

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 10, 2020

    The release last week of Australia’s defence strategic update, and its accompanying force structure plan, gives this nation the opportunity to align its defence space policy with that of the US.

  • Are manned fighters obsolete?

    Malcolm Davis     |      March 12, 2020

    Elon Musk has told an American Air Force conference that ‘the fighter jet era has passed’. The British Defence Minister Duncan Sandys said the same thing in 1957, launching a disastrous white paper which destroyed much of the British aircraft industry. Is Musk right this time? Or is he making the same mistake of 63 years ago?