• 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.

  • Shoring up the north

    David Malone     |      November 19, 2019

    The economic future of Australia’s north is firmly focused on exports, but it could also host more industrial capacity, not least to support the Defence industry.

  • An Australian space defence force?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 19, 2019

    What might warfare in space look like and what should the Australian Defence Force be doing to prepare?

  • Doing the maths of intensive warfare

    Charles Knight     |      November 19, 2019

    There is good reason to question whether Australian Defence Force procurement decisions prepare Australia’s forces psychologically, materially and organisationally for an intensive war.

  • Get on board with unmanned systems

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 19, 2019

    The Department of Defence needs to consider the role of unmanned systems, not just as a niche capability akin to a small recoverable torpedo, but as an entirely new class of primary military capability for the Australian Defence Force.

  • The logic of conventional deterrence

    Mike Scrafton     |      November 19, 2019

    Much of the responsibility for Australia’s future security will be borne by our diplomats and the foreign policy they are charged with pursuing, as well as our military force.