• Improving US-Australian defence cooperation

    Alan Throop     |      June 2, 2023

    The US–Australia defence relationship, and the alliance more broadly, has never been closer, as highlighted by the AUKUS partnership, but changing strategic circumstances make it imperative that the two partners continue to improve their mutual understanding of each other, build greater resilience and leverage each other’s strengths.

  • Parliamentary scrutiny and national defence

    Bec Shrimpton     |      May 25, 2023

    The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is holding its first public hearing in its inquiry into the 2021–22 Defence report and it has many issues to discuss.

  • A shared vision for Australian security

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      May 8, 2023

    Can Australia’s Defence Strategic Review build a narrative about our country’s security and defence that the public will get behind?

  • Reshaping the ADF to meet Australia’s strategic challenges

    Alex Bristow     |      April 29, 2023

    The Defence Review offers a clear vision of the future we want, and making sure we can protect our way of life and make our own decisions, rather than having our fate determined by others.

  • A revolution in Australian defence planning?

    Stephan Fruhling     |      April 27, 2023

    The new Defence Review offers a brief but important hint that Australia should fundamentally change its approach to defence planning and force design.

  • Arming Australia for an age of conflict

    Adam Lockyer     |      April 26, 2023

    Although its proposed cuts in some army vehicle procurement are regrettable, the new Defence Review is clear-sighted about the need for long-range missiles to counter the regional threat posed by China, even if it shies from discussing China by name.

  • Australia enters the missile age

    Brendan Nicholson     |      April 25, 2023

    The government has accepted the review’s recommendations in the public version of the review report signalling a major restructuring of Defence capability to enable it to deal with major military threats.

  • Nuclear subs will secure our seas

    Kim Beazley     |      April 20, 2023

    Australia’s intention to add nuclear powered submarines to its Navy underlines its determination and ability to work with its allies to deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific.

  • The art of showing up

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      April 17, 2023

    Woody Allen once quipped that “showing up is 80 percent of life”, so Anthony Albanese should accept his invitation to attend the NATO summit in Lithuania in July and show solidarity with other Western nations standing up to the aggressive authoritarian threat posed by Russia and China.

  • Reading Australia’s defence review

    Nicholas Whitwell     |      April 10, 2023

    The soon-to-be published Defence Review has to answer a lot of questions that all Australians need answers for regarding the challenges of today and tomorrow.

  • Innovation in defence

    Palmer Luckey     |      April 7, 2023

    There’s no secret government silo of advanced technology to save us if war breaks out. If the allied democracies are to prevail, we will need action at scale, and the only way to create a silo of advanced technologies is to build it.

  • Lost in the long grass

    Rodger Shanahan     |      March 31, 2023

    Commentators criticising the purchase of planes, submarines and tanks by the Australian Defence Force are quick to call these capabilities obsolete, but such glib analysis is seldom based on reality, let alone the history they inevitably reference.