For Australia, the US election should provide an opportunity to rethink defence relationships, especially as they relate to nuclear weapons.
Is Australia's reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
President Obama with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Obama has said he expects European allies to chip in their fair share of defense spending, and European public opinion supports it. But as a Tufts expert points out, many challenges in Europe remain.
Are people who commit crimes under the influence still responsible?
The issue of crime committed under the influence of prescription drugs has received high profile media attention. So should we be worried about a new wave of prescription drug-induced crime?
John Howard confirms the nation’s involvement in the war in Iraq in March 2003, a decision subject to remarkably little oversight by comparison to Australia’s allies.
It is important to restore public trust in any future decision for Australia to go to war. For this, a system that provides better democratic accountability is essential.
Testimonies at the royal commission highlighted the age-old military tradition of initiation ceremonies and their place in building morale.
Military institutions and militarised cultures seek to generate a unity of people and purpose. Initiation rituals have been a historically stable strategy to achieve this.
Cyber attacks represent a significant threat to Australia’s civil infrastructure.
The US and the UK realise the urgent need for serious investment in cybersecurity. So why is the Australian government taking the issue so lightly?
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more?
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
The French submarine, Shortfin Barracuda, designed by the DCNS group, to be the design base for Australia’s new fleet.
AAP Image/DCNS Group
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.
Submarines possess a number of unique capabilities that make them ideal to protect Australia's interests.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne today awarded the $50 billion future submarine to French bidder DCNS.
Industry and research spillovers could generate a benefit well in advance of the net cost of the submarine project.
The winning submarine is the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A.
There were significant differences between the three submarines on offer in the competitive evaluation process. Here's what made the French sub stand out.
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
Japan is believed to be winning the race to build Australia’s new submarine fleet.
The principal consequence of Australia's inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.
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Even talking to a colleague at an academic conference overseas could have harsh ramifications.
Researchers face stiff fines or even jail time if they inadvertently communicate with foreign colleagues about matters deemed to have a military use.
The new defence white paper marks a return to seriousness in its approach to spending.
Australia's security bears no relation to whether we meet the target of raising defence spending to 2% of GDP.
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.