• Europe must invest in its own survival

    Kenton White     |      May 10, 2022

    The end of the cold war allowed European powers to slash defence spending, but the reality of Russia’s threat to the free world demands a much greater investment in the tools required to defend freedom and independence from Putin’s barbarism.

  • Russia’s Ukraine invasion must be Australia’s clarion call

    Ashley Townshend     |      April 27, 2022

    Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has shown that war between major powers has become a reality to be faced squarely, rather than an abstract concept to be dismissed or wished away.

  • A warning to the curious

    Brendan Nicholson     |      December 24, 2021

    Former defence minister Kim Beazley has delivered a sobering comparison between how Australia dealt with the lead-up to World War II and the complex and deteriorating strategic situation it faces now.

  • Lack of speed kills

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 26, 2021

    As Australia begins to develop nuclear powered submarines to combat the growing threat of the Chinese navy, we also need to increase innovation across all aspects of defence to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

  • Stronger together

    Todd Hanks     |      May 12, 2021

    While threats to regional security are increasing, like-minded democracies can cooperate to contain the common dangers they face.

  • Assessing the economic benefits of defence procurement

    Rob Bourke     |      October 2, 2020

    New guidelines may clarify the domestic economic impact of increased defence expenditure, but the final figures may remain unclear.

  • Refreshing defence innovation

    Thom Dixon     |      September 27, 2020

    Unless Australia scales up its own DARPA-like investment vehicles and introduces well-endowed talent-retention schemes, or other policy initiatives unique to the Australian context, our defence innovation enterprise is headed for rocky times.

  • Robot wars

    Ben Knight     |      August 13, 2020

    An armed weapons system capable of making decisions sounds like it’s straight out of a Terminator movie. But once lethal autonomous weapons are out in the world, there could be no turning back.

  • The missing pieces in Australia’s security strategy

    ANU Editorial Board     |      July 23, 2020

    A more comprehensive national strategy should involve a commitment that optimises the deployment of all policy instruments — diplomatic and economic, as well as military — to safeguard Australia’s national interests abroad.

  • Australia’s new defence paradigm

    Geoffrey Barker     |      July 9, 2020

    Prompted by China’s increasingly coercive international behaviour, Australia’s revised defence policy looks to protect Australian interests and support global resistance to Beijing’s rising brutality.

  • Walking the walk

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 2, 2020

    The new force structure plan sets a clear direction for Australia’s military that engages with the new world we are living in. It positions Australia to resist coercion and deter conflict but now the hard work of implementation must begin.

  • The army must be ready to fight more than fires

    Brendan Nicholson     |      June 1, 2020

    The ADF’s primary focus on defending the nation has not changed but the military can still lend a hand when the nation is burning.