Defence minister Richard Marles’ historic trip sheds some light on the new government’s approach to national security matters.
A scholar of Russian history breaks down what Putin’s aim might be in threatening military invasion, and why that might backfire.
Buying the biggest and best technology is always going to be high risk and expensive.
Why the EU and NATO have struggled to cooperate fully.
British interests come first, but Leave voters don’t necessarily want to retreat from international obligations.
What will Australia’s space agency look like? Two experts agree it needs deliberate investment from government, and that it should facilitate participation across states and territories.
Research partnerships between Australian universities, the Department of Defence and weapons manufacturers may not be ethically justifiable.
Australia’s long-awaited naval shipbuilding plan has two interconnected weaknesses when it comes to sovereignty.
More than ever, Pine Gap remains at the heart of the Australian alliance with the United States, but serious reform is needed.
The recent arrest of female terrorists in France brought attention to the role women play in IS. A group of American academics studied this issue – with a surprising result.
Is Australia’s reliance on nuclear defence agreements keeping us on the wrong side of history?
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.
Australia’s new submarine fleet will be designed for a range of different missions in our challenging maritime environment.
Like oil and water, party politics and good defence policy are presumed not to mix. And the process to buy Australia’s next fleet of submarines has been all about party politics.
The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia’s next fleet of submarines.
The principal consequence of Australia’s inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.
Australia’s security bears no relation to whether we meet the target of raising defence spending to 2% of GDP.
The Turnbull government’s defence white paper identifies key risks to Australia’s security environment in the next two decades.
The defence white paper is silent on where Australia’s new fleet of 12 submarines will be acquired.
The defence white paper will pledge an additional $29.9 billion in defence spending over the coming decade and support for businesses to innovate in areas such as cyber security and aeronautics.