Australia’s highly-trained personnel are as much an asset as physical technology.
The evidence presented and initial findings show how important the royal commission is.
Just like armour protects soldiers’ bodies, steroids do too. There’s no reason to believe steroid use by the military is unethical, but further studies are needed.
Many personnel leave for family reasons. The increases in retention and recruitment needed to boost ADF numbers by 30% require drastic policy changes to limit the impacts on children’s lives.
In his second big defence announcement in under a week, Scott Morrison on Thursday will outline plans for a major expansion of Australia’s defence workforce to more than 101,000 by 2040.
As the royal commission investigates the risk factors around veterans’ mental health it needs to look at contact with the criminal justice system.
The prime minister has also announced that defence force personnel will be used to support the crisis in aged care.
While all eyes are on China’s response to the new AUKUS security pact, Russia matters, too. After all, it has its own nuclear submarines that could now be marketed all over the region.
The collapse of the US operation in Afghanistan means the day might come when Australia needs access to the design of the weapons it uses.
Australia’s growing tendency to call in the defence force to deal with crises outside its usual remit is cause for concern. Shouldn’t we be better prepared to respond to disasters?
The Brereton report is providing an opportunity for the ADF to rethink its core values. It ignores changing social expectations at its peril.
As Australia’s efforts in space accelerate, we must avoid escalating a cycle of competition and conflict.
Even healthy, well-adjusted veterans struggle with the transition from military to civilian life.
There is ‘credible information’ Australian soldiers were involved in war crimes. But investigating and prosecuting these will be incredibly difficult.
New legislation would give the ADF more power to respond to future bushfires and other disasters. But questions remain about the scope of this involvement and how ADF personnel would be deployed.
This might appear a radical suggestion, but military units have been moved, shuffled, re-branded, disbanded and reactivated frequently throughout Australia’s history.
An imminent report on Australian Special Forces’ behaviour in Afghanistan is expected to delivery damning findings.
China didn’t feature explicitly in Scott Morrison’s speech, but the dramatic growth in its military capabilities was a clear reason for the surge in defence spending.
Soldiers on Australian streets are not a common sight outside parades. But the current pandemic requires a much more coordinated and strategic response – and a bigger role from the ADF.
While many families are busy planning how to spend their time together this Christmas holiday season, others are planning how to manage their time apart.