• 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.

  • Operation Malabar

    Ashok Sharma     |      September 3, 2023

    The recent iteration of the Malabar military exercises is an illustration of the growing military interoperability, mutual trust, and coordinated response of the Quad countries. More are needed to maintain stability and security in the Indo-Pacific, threatened increasingly by China’s military assertiveness.

  • Lessons in leadership

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 5, 2023

    Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews recalls the worrying security briefings which stiffened Australia’s resolve to acknowledge and face China’s expansionist agenda.

  • Defending Australia requires protecting the Pacific

    Tyson Sara     |      July 28, 2023

    Australia should provide a treaty-level security guarantee to defend Pacific islands from external aggression in return for the Australian Defence Force becoming the de facto defence force of those countries, allowing their citizens would be able to join the ADF.

  • Strike back

    Bradley Perrett     |      July 24, 2023

    Defence Minister Richard Marles called for the Australian Defence Force to be capable of ‘impactful projection’ and a diversity of strike missiles are being acquired to achieve it.

  • 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.

  • The place for space in the Defence Review

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 9, 2023

    Australia’s 2023 Defence Strategic Review has moved space up the agenda as a key element of integrated military capability.

  • Post war lessons for a prewar world

    Richard Dunley     |      February 3, 2023

    The current defence capability review being undertaken by Stephen Smith and Angus Houston could be informed by a similar exercise at the end of World War Two.

  • Smith and Houston, we have a problem

    Marcus Hellyer     |      November 25, 2022

    The two independent leads of Australia’s defence strategic review, Stephen Smith and Angus Houston, have got their work cut out for them.

  • Impactful projection

    Marcus Hellyer     |      November 21, 2022

    Larger stocks of long-range weapons will be needed to ensure Australia can deter aggressors in the future.

  • Learning from the past to defend our future

    Kim Beazley     |      October 10, 2022

    The independent leads of Australia’s defence strategic review, Stephen Smith and Angus Houston, have a tough task on their hands, but should learn the lessons of the past to shape Australia’s defence in the future.