To say the defence white paper was “much anticipated” would be an understatement. Was it worth the wait in the end? That rather depends on who you are and what your assessment of the risks Australia faces…
Defence Minister Marise Payne is still to announce who will build Australia’s next generation of submarines.
The defence white paper is silent on where Australia's new fleet of 12 submarines will be acquired.
Defence diplomacy will not substantially transform the overall picture of Asia’s ongoing political cleavages.
The coming defence white paper presents an opening for the Turnbull government to place its stamp on national security priorities and to align planning and policy settings with its strategic vision.
Does New Zealand have a more realistic view of its strategic environment than Australia? Given that many hard-headed Australian strategists think that New Zealand freeloads on Australia’s security efforts…
Some breathing space for the armed forces.
Budgets were decimated in 2010, but the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review seeks to make amends.
If there is one thing that the new administration of Malcolm Turnbull can be confident about, it’s that dealing with China is not going to get any easier. Despite our new prime minister taking a decidedly…
Through reinterpreting the constitution and bidding to build Australia’s submarines, Shinzo Abe is leading Japan towards a more assertive strategic posture.
If construction of its submarines in Australia proceeds, it will be Japan’s first postwar export of a major combat weapons system.
A new study has found returned service people who underwent mindfulness-based therapies had a sharper short-term decline in PTSD symptoms than those undergoing other conventional therapies.
Fly the unfriendly skies.
PM wants more unmanned intervention but he should be wary of putting all his eggs in one basket.
Boxing clever? Osborne delivers.
Instant reaction from academics as George Osborne delivers his post-election budget.
From the UK, to Canada, Australia and the states – our opinions about the military are usually wrong.
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With austerity on the agenda, the upcoming strategic reviews will be critical to deciding the future of the UK's defence force.
Cuts are not quite as advertised.
Conservative targets for 1% annual savings in the next two years will actually feel like more than 5% for a swathe of government departments.
Should Australia seek a ballistic missile defence capability, like that of the United States?
US Department of Defense
Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.
Anyone teaching encryption without first getting clearance from the government could soon be wearing these.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
Is the sun setting on Britain’s military heft?
New research shows the UK's military heft depends on a thriving domestic industry to buy things from – and we may be about to cut it drastically.
You’re right to look sceptical – a Brexit will be difficult at best, impossible at worst.
UKIP's whole manifesto rests on the premise that the UK will leave the EU.
The naming of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in November 2014. But how much does the UK spend on defence?
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Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood has questioned whether the UK should spent 6% of its budget on defence. Has she got her numbers right?
Britannia rule the waves – subject to spending priorities.
The Conservatives can't quite figure out how to both cut defence spending and procure new kit the UK can actually use.
It’s possible to believe a little too much in Britain.
Overseas aid plays a huge role in defence, which makes cutting it a dangerous mistake.