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President Woodrow Wilson addressing a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, urging a declaration that a state of war exists. AP Photo

1917: Woodrow Wilson’s call to war pulled America onto a global stage

Wilson coined the phrase 'America First' and appealed for 'peace without victory.' But on April 2, 1917 he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The impact on American foreign policy was profound.
The French submarine, Shortfin Barracuda, designed by the DCNS group, to be the design base for Australia’s new fleet. AAP Image/DCNS Group

What do we want from Australia’s new submarines?

Australia's new submarine fleet will be designed for a range of different missions in our challenging maritime environment.
The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda is a large submarine, but that might suit our needs. AAP/DCNS Group

Why does Australia need submarines at all?

Submarines possess a number of unique capabilities that make them ideal to protect Australia's interests.
If Tony Abbott is disappointed by the failure to choose Japan to build Australia’s new submarines, the only one he can blame is himself. AAP/Ben Macmahon

Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence

Like oil and water, party politics and good defence policy are presumed not to mix. And the process to buy Australia's next fleet of submarines has been all about party politics.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne today awarded the $50 billion future submarine to French bidder DCNS. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How to make sure Australia’s submarines pay for themselves

Industry and research spillovers could generate a benefit well in advance of the net cost of the submarine project.
Malcolm Turnbull said the ‘vast bulk’ of the work on the submarines would be done in Adelaide. Lukas Coch/AAP

French firm DCNS wins $50 billion submarine contract

The French have defeated German and Japanese bids to win the $50 billion contract to build Australia's 12 new submarines, which will be constructed in Adelaide.
DCNS’ ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet. AAP/DCNS Group

French company DCNS wins race to build Australia’s next submarine fleet: experts respond

The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
Crewed submarines like the HMAS Rankin might become a thing of the past. United States Navy, Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A. Levy

Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?

Autonomous submarines might do for naval warfare what drones are doing for air warfare. So should Australia consider autonomous subs as a replacement for the Collins class?

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