• Back to the moon and on to Mars?

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 19, 2019

    Saturday 20 July 2019 marks 50 years since the landing of Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility. After decades of inaction, increasing superpower competition and commercial innovation may see a new generation escaping the Earth’s gravity well once again.

  • Establishing a “space coast” in Northern Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      April 14, 2019

    Australia is now establishing its own space program, under the leadership of the Australian Space Agency, and developing a ‘space coast’ in Northern Australia could place the country at the forefront of the growing global space economy.

  • Will India’s anti-satellite weapon test spark an arms race in space?

    Malcolm Davis     |      March 31, 2019

    India’s successful test of an anti-satellite weapon in low-earth orbit demonstrated its ability to counter the Chinese threat, but better ways must be found to prevent a damaging arms race in orbit.

  • ‘Forward defence in depth’ for Australia (II)

    Malcolm Davis     |      December 1, 2018

    Australia must develop its military ability to ensure the security and stability of maritime Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and offer nations in the region an alternative to greater debt and dependency on Beijing.

  • Forward ‘defence in depth’ for Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 27, 2018

    China is determined to challenge the US across the Indo-Pacific and replace the established rules-based order with a Chinese-led system. Extending Australia’s defence capability would help counter this threat.

  • Where to next on the final frontier?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 13, 2018

    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?

  • China’s strategic push in the South China Sea

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 23, 2018

    In a highly provocative move, China has deployed anti‑ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three reefs converted to military bases on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea.