• Grim findings to come in war crimes investigation

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 12, 2020

    Australians will be dismayed by the findings of an investigation into allegations that their special forces in Afghanistan committed war crimes, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned.

  • The long history of ‘non traditional threats’

    James Goldrick     |      July 6, 2020

    Many of the ‘new’ threats to international security as are old as the organised military forces which contain them.

  • Lessons for supply chain resilience from the defence industry

    Marcus Hellyer     |      April 14, 2020

    Defence industry experience shows that if Australia wants more resilient supply chains then it will take planning, prioritisation and an ongoing willingness from governments, the private sector and the public to endure higher costs.

  • Local industry content will secure defence funding support

    Martin Hamilton-Smith     |      March 15, 2020

    Capability must always come first, but without the shared benefits of local involvement by universities, workers, SMEs and state and local government, defence spending risks losing community support.

  • 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?

  • If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail

    Stephan Fruhling     |      February 21, 2020

    Australia must invest in a range of industrial, logistical and military capabilities to improve its war fighting capability and deter Chinese aggression.

  • Caught between the sword and shield

    Sam Fairall-Lee     |      January 28, 2020

    For the last 50 years, Australian defence policy has wavered between the sword and shield, but as the strategic environment changes, we may have to choose between them once and for all.

  • Ourselves, alone

    Hugh White     |      January 21, 2020

    Many people believe that Australia would never need to defend itself unaided, however the reality is that we must depend on our own resources to ensure our own defence.

  • The rocky road from concept to combat

    Brendan Nicholson     |      January 3, 2020

    The way industry, the army and military scientists worked together to harden the Bushmaster against ever more devastating IEDs offers a model of effective defence cooperation.

  • Standing alone: why Australia can’t rely on America

    Hugh White     |      December 27, 2019

    The rising threat of China and the relative decline in American power and resolve mean that Australia must get serious about assuring its own defence in the future.

  • The Russia-China Axis menaces the West

    Paul Dibb     |      December 1, 2019

    The dictatorships in charge of Russia and China are taking advantage of the West’s unwillingness to invest in defence, or even believe in itself, and posing an ever greater threat to international security.

  • How do you judge tough military decisions?

    Anders Furze     |      November 24, 2019

    New research investigates the role of hindsight in assessing a difficult military decision and how the outcome of that action can bias our judgement of whether it was appropriate or even legal.