• Local industry content will secure defence funding support

    Martin Hamilton-Smith     |      March 15, 2020

    Capability must always come first, but without the shared benefits of local involvement by universities, workers, SMEs and state and local government, defence spending risks losing community support.

  • Are manned fighters obsolete?

    Malcolm Davis     |      March 12, 2020

    Elon Musk has told an American Air Force conference that ‘the fighter jet era has passed’. The British Defence Minister Duncan Sandys said the same thing in 1957, launching a disastrous white paper which destroyed much of the British aircraft industry. Is Musk right this time? Or is he making the same mistake of 63 years ago?

  • Coronavirus threatens both dictatorships and democracies

    Peter Jennings     |      March 8, 2020

    The economic and social impact of the fast spreading coronavirus could threaten both democratic and dictatorial systems in the months to come.

  • The danger of intelligence ‘scope creep’

    John Coyne     |      March 4, 2020

    While Australians are often hawkish about community safety and border security, they’re far less accepting of their security agencies being given new domestic surveillance powers without government making a strong case for their use.

  • The perils of pragmatism

    Euan Graham     |      February 28, 2020

    A foreign policy in Asia that does not encompass a continuing commitment to freedom and human rights is one that forgets who we are as a nation and what we believe in.

  • Assessing current threats to Australia

    Mike Burgess     |      February 27, 2020

    Mike Burgess of ASIO has delivered his first annual assessment of the terrorist, technological and security threats facing Australia.

  • Battle of the memes

    Tom Ascott     |      February 25, 2020

    Hostile states such as Russia and China are consciously using ‘memes’ to amplify the loudest voices in democratic debates to deepen the divisions between us.

  • 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.

  • The fog of Wuhan

    Raphael Veit     |      February 9, 2020

    After initially suppressing news of the Wuhan virus outbreak, we can’t be sure whether authoritarian China is now using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, or whether this new coronavirus presents a serious global health threat.

  • Defence and disaster management

    Peter Jennings     |      February 2, 2020

    A greater role for the ADF in disaster response seems inevitable, but it will take significant investment and cross-agency cooperation to create a fit for purpose response force.

  • Dying of thirst?

    Connor Dilleen     |      January 29, 2020

    Water shortages around the world, exacerbated by population increases, environmental mismanagement and climate change, are creating tensions which may soon spill into war.

  • 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.