• Final voyage

    Jennifer Parker     |      February 10, 2024

    The 60th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Voyager after a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne prompts us to remember the 82 brave men who lost their lives in peacetime as they trained to defend their country.

  • Maritime security in Southeast Asia

    Shaun Cameron     |      February 8, 2024

    Southeast Asia’s maritime environment faces threats from piracy, slavery, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. A maritime security program tailored for the region may address these issues while drawing partners closer to Australia.

  • Drone wars

    Bradley Perrett     |      January 29, 2024

    Small, cheap, quadcopter drones have emerged as a major threat on modern battlefields from Ukraine to Yemen, so how can western armies shoot them down?

  • Reopening the Mitrokhin archive

    Chris Taylor     |      January 27, 2024

    Tuesday 23 January marked 20 years since the passing of a Russian defector whose revelations confirmed the egregious nature of Soviet intelligence operations and global interference during the Cold War.

  • Australia’s vanishing surface fleet

    Kim Beazley     |      January 22, 2024

    Australia’s navy is a fraction of its former size, and the focus on nuclear powered hunter killer submarines means there is little money left to expand the number of surface combatants.

  • Navy blues

    Bob Ford     |      December 24, 2023

    Australia’s failure to contribute a ship to allied efforts in the Red Sea to protect civilian shipping exemplifies a broader failure to support our allies and invest properly in naval capability.

  • Terror in our midst

    Justin Bassi     |      December 20, 2023

    The fact that unrepentant jihadist and convicted terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika is being released from jail into the community should concern every Australian.

  • Does Australia need a national security advisor?

    Danielle Cave     |      December 18, 2023

    Australia’s ability to navigate the world could be strengthened by appointing an influential and autonomous National Security Advisor who can work hand in glove with their global counterparts in tenacious pursuit of our interests.

  • Paper tigers

    Paul Dibb     |      December 2, 2023

    There is no shortage of appeasers in the West who believe that China’s military might renders support for Taiwan futile, but these are the same people who argued against supporting Ukraine faced with the ‘might’ of the Russian army.

  • People have the power

    Open Forum     |      November 21, 2023

    Despite the importance of new technology, people remain at the heart of Australia’s armed forces.

  • Protecting Australia

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 12, 2023

    Australia’s most senior military officer has warned that the nation faces complex and interwoven threats including high-end military capabilities, economic coercion, climate change and AI-driven dangers to democracy in a post-truth world.

  • Weapons proliferation in the age of AI

    David Heslop     |      November 10, 2023

    Hostile states, terrorist groups and aggrieved individuals now have access to technologies and informational aids that used to be the stuff of science fiction, and policy makers must confront advanced weapons proliferation in the new age of AI.