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.
Families can use various strategies to keep children connected with a parent who’s away for work.
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.
Between 2001 and 2016, 373 Australian veterans took their lives.
Veterans are at higher risk of mental illness than the rest of the Australian population. Many of them are seeking help, but the way care is provided to this group must consider their unique needs.
This military dog chased the Islamic State leader down a tunnel and is being called a hero.
The Australian Defence Forces use dogs for many purposes, including sniffing out explosive devices, detecting narcotics, locating the wounded, and patrolling and protecting missions and bases.
Are military drones a security threat to their own operators?
Drones are now an integral part of defence force capability, from intelligence gathering to unmanned theatre engagement. But what happens if our own technology is turned against us?
About 5.6% of Australian defence veterans could end up homeless.
Researchers say the new figure should be used to improve services aimed at tackling the homeless problem in Australia's defence veterans.
Technology, such as satellite systems, can be used for both military and scientific purposes.
‘Dual use’ technology – technology used for both peaceful and military purposes – is allowed in Antarctica, according to the treaty.
Australia currently has about 2,250 military personnel deployed on operations.
AAP/Dept of Defence/ABIS Bonny Gassner
US-Iran tension in the Strait of Hormuz is just one of many looming security challenges that need closer scrutiny.
The government’s slogan is ‘putting veterans and their families first’, but on the problem of veteran suicide, it has fallen short.
A recent study found that male veterans under 30 have a suicide rate more than two times the national average. Yet, support for a royal commission into the problem is lacking.
China has always had a formidable army, but only since 1996 has it begun to develop as a maritime power.
China's naval strategy has been to prevent America from ever projecting its power by sea in the Asia-Pacific region again. Now that it's worked, the region needs to take notice.
China’s rising influence in the region has alarmed many defence experts. But the question remains: would Australia ever need to fight China on its own?
Australia committed A$195 billion to defence spending in 2016, but many now believe this is insufficient with China's rising influence in the region.
The obituary of Jihadi John in Dabiq magazine.
An analysis of obituaries for Islamic State and Australian soldiers shows some alarming similarities, not the least of which is the idea that their deaths should be given meaning by further conflict.
Fairfax Media has published detailed accounts of the claims made against Roberts-Smith, which he denies.
Roberts-Smith, now out of the military, is under investigation by the IG of the ADF as part of an inquiry into allegations of criminal misconduct on the battlefield by the SAS in Afghanistan.
Australian special forces are under investigation for alleged illegal conduct during the Afghanistan war.
Australian Department of Defence
Public authorities, and especially our armed forces, should be held accountable for their actions to the limits imposed by law.
No questions have been asked about Australia’s knowledge of torture committed by the US.
As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.
Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
Damian Pawlenko/Dept of Defence
Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
The incoming head of the Australian Defence Force, Lt-Gen Angus Campbell (left), understands the importance of Australia’s relations with its nearest neighbours.
The incoming Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Campbell, will need to focus his attentions on an array of conventional and non-conventional security concerns in the Indo-Pacific.
Australian military personnel during a counter-terrorism training exercise in 2014.
Research partnerships between Australian universities, the Department of Defence and weapons manufacturers may not be ethically justifiable.
Queer women were allowed to serve openly in Australia’s defence force from 1992.
While lesbian women were technically banned from serving in the Australia Defence Force until 1992, many before then found that military life was a place to express their love and desire for the first time.