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.
For anyone who has been following Malcolm Turnbull’s progress as prime minister, his much-anticipated speech to the Lowy Institute contained few real surprises, other that the fact that it was inevitably…
One of Oscar Wilde’s more memorable and inspiring aphorisms claimed that a map of the world without utopia on it is not worth looking at. While many might agree with the sentiment, the theory – let alone…
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.
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?
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Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.