• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ourselves, alone

    Hugh White     |      January 21, 2020

    Many people believe that Australia would never need to defend itself unaided, however the reality is that we must depend on our own resources to ensure our own defence.

  • Time out for TikTok

    Fergus Ryan     |      January 17, 2020

    The news that Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok is not approved for use on devices owned by Australia’s Department of Defence should come as no surprise.

  • Standing alone: why Australia can’t rely on America

    Hugh White     |      December 27, 2019

    The rising threat of China and the relative decline in American power and resolve mean that Australia must get serious about assuring its own defence in the future.

  • The new great game in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dunk     |      November 22, 2019

    We don’t have the funds to out-build China’s navy, and so Australia needs to understand and more meaningfully engage with its South Pacific neighbours to win hearts and minds as well as secure defence cooperation.

  • Shoring up the north

    David Malone     |      November 19, 2019

    The economic future of Australia’s north is firmly focused on exports, but it could also host more industrial capacity, not least to support the Defence industry.

  • Defending Australia in an age of strategic disruption

    Paul Dibb     |      October 22, 2019

    The threat to Australia is real and increasing, for the first time since the Second World War.
    The ADF must increase its readiness for conflict, with more training, higher stocks of munitions and protected operational bases in the north.

  • Squaring the defence circle with tied hands

    Marcus Hellyer     |      October 18, 2019

    Defence’s worst kept secret is now officially public as Defence Minister Linda Reynolds revealed at last week’s Sea Power conference in Sydney that her Department is conducting a strategic review.

  • Maximising the economic benefit of Australia’s defence projects

    Marcus Hellyer     |      August 24, 2019

    The Department of Defence needs to ensure that current and future megaprojects actively foster Australian innovation and maximise local industry involvement in areas of high economic value.

  • How to defend Australia

    Hugh White     |      August 14, 2019

    The task Australia faces in deciding its future levels of defence spending is to balance that risk against the cost of building the armed forces required to deal with it.