• The RAAF in the 21st century

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 28, 2021

    New missiles, planes and drones will give Australia’s air force the additional range and power it needs to defend our country in the years ahead.

  • Beware the bear in the Pacific

    Steve Raaymakers     |      March 21, 2021

    While China’s fast-expanding navy forms the main threat in the Pacific, Russia is also increasing its naval strength in the region, potentially threatening allied shipping in the east.

  • Australia needs a Magnitsky Act

    Teagan Westendorf     |      March 9, 2021

    The arrest of accused drug lord Tse Chi Lop and allegations of large-scale money laundering in Australian casinos have exposed to the public the deep economic connections transnational and organised crime syndicates have established here, and the scale of the threat we face.

  • The end of the old order shakes Australia’s grand strategy

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 5, 2021

    The problem for Australian international policy is that the job we’re focused on is shape-shifting at alarming speed.

  • Water is a national security priority

    James Mortensen     |      February 27, 2021

    It’s time for water management to receive scrutiny and oversight befitting our most pressing national security challenges. We need to catch the moment while the rain is falling, rather than face a hangover when our taps run dry.

  • Money doesn’t talk, it swears

    Georgina Kenyon     |      February 25, 2021

    Australia’s casinos have become a hotspot for global money-laundering operations.

  • The Australian Navy in the South China Sea

    James Goldrick     |      February 6, 2021

    Over the past century, Australia’s activities in the South China Sea have reflected the reality that our security was, is and will continue to be closely associated with the security of maritime Southeast Asia.

  • The U.S. Navy falls under China’s shadow

    Marcus Hellyer     |      January 30, 2021

    The growing strength of the Chinese Navy, and the escalating costs of countering its threat to Taiwan and the Pacific, will force the United States Navy to make some difficult choices in the years ahead.

  • Head in the clouds

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 19, 2020

    Australia’s peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Intelligence, is beginning an essential, radical and rapid shift into cloud applications and services.

  • Strong alliances and robust defence will keep the peace with China

    Peter Jennings     |      December 4, 2020

    There are some positive outcomes from the Chinese Communist Party’s descent into North Korean–style insult and abuse: Australians get to see firsthand the entity we are dealing with, and Beijing’s collection of local useful idiots are tested to see how far they will defend the indefensible behaviour of their patron.

  • Beyond the wire

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 29, 2020

    How could 39 alleged unlawful killings of Afghan people by members of Australia’s special forces have occurred over years while no officer in command of those soldiers knew about or had reasonable grounds to suspect the crimes?

  • The rocky road to redemption

    Peter Jennings     |      November 23, 2020

    Paul Brereton’s report on SAS incidents forces us to confront the worst of what happened on our watch in Uruzgan Province. We should not lose the chance to think hard about the wider story: why we were there and what we thought we were doing.