• Hard times in Australian strategic thinking

    Rod Lyon     |      October 20, 2018

    A stronger defence force is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for achieving the sort of world that Australia want. Partnerships have also been central to our strategic success, and will remain so, but they must be partnerships we have chosen of our own free will.

  • Australia needs a clear national security strategy

    Jim Molan     |      October 14, 2018

    Australia needs to move towards a holistic security strategy directed much more specifically by government. And this must start with an acknowledgement of the principal threats to Australia in a changing strategic environment.

  • Australia should double its defence budget

    Richard Menhinick     |      October 13, 2018

    Despite the Coalition’s modernising programs and extra money currently allocated to building new ships, we need a navy and a defence budget commensurate with a worsening strategic situation.

  • Why we need a radically new defence policy

    Paul Dibb     |      October 10, 2018

    Australia’s international security outlook is starting to look very unpredictable and potentially threatening. Australian defence planners must now deal with a world which is very different from any they have known before.

  • Rethinking Australia’s biosecurity

    Paul Barnes     |      October 4, 2018

    Deliberate or accidental biosecurity breaches, such as last month’s strawberry contamination scare, present very real economic threats to Australia.

  • Hacking for ca$h

    Fergus Hanson     |      September 29, 2018

    It’s time we named China as a perpetrator of commercial cyber espionage and work in coalition with other states to escalate pressure until the Chinese leadership decides the costs are too high for it to keep orchestrating the theft of intellectual property.

  • Winning battles and losing wars: the next force structure review

    Bob Moyse     |      September 24, 2018

    The strategic question for the next force structure review is, should we care more about whether we can win on a single landmass or whether we can win across an archipelago? Or to recast the question, where can we least afford to lose?

  • The mangled myths dogging the joint strike fighter

    Brendan Nicholson     |      September 20, 2018

    With the RAAF’s first two operational joint strike fighters arriving in early December, long-time critics have launched a fresh wave of claims that the aircraft is a disaster, but are any of these assertions actually true?

  • Combating the perfect weapon

    Stephen Loosley     |      September 19, 2018

    The new cold war is being fought in cyberspace on a continuing basis and with ever more sophisticated technologies as the Western powers confront growing intrusions from adversaries ranging from Russia and China to Iran and North Korea.

  • The terror in a label

    Mike Scrafton     |      September 12, 2018

    While the west continues to tackle terrorism abroad and within its own borders, authoritarian and dictatorial regimes are also terming their opponents ‘terrorists’ to justify their own acts of persecution, ethnic cleansing and state-sponsored violence.

  • Knights in shining armour: AFVs in the Australian Army

    Jim Molan     |      September 1, 2018

    The Australian army has always been curiously reluctant to commit tanks and armoured vehicles to the battlefield, but far from being obsolete, armour continues to play a vital role in modern counter-insurgency and warfare.

  • In defence of nuclear deterrence

    Rod Lyon     |      August 31, 2018

    Deterrence is not without its problems—it’s merely the defence doctrine of choice for a competitive, heavily armed world. Is it going to save us from all war? No. But hopefully it can save us from the most serious sort of war, namely great-power war.