Latest Future Directions International Weekly... →
Latest Strategic Weekly Analysis from Future Directions International (FDI), with feature articles on the recent AUSMIN talks in Perth, and the evolving relationship between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
New Lowy Institute paper on ICT in the South... →
#Lowy #southpacific Great new paper from the Lowy Institute on the emerging ICT and social media environment in the South Pacific - something Australian public diplomacy must take on board, so that Australia can properly engage with this region.
New Sea Power Centre paper on the Japanese... →
#seapower New(ish) working paper from the RAN’s Sea Power Centre on the development and contemporary role for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force.
Latest Air Power Development Centre 'Pathfinder' →
#RAAF #APDC Latest ‘Pathfinder’ (fortnightly publication of the RAAF’s Air Power Development Centre) on (sic) ‘the unique characteristics of air power’.
Latest FDI Strategic Weekly Analysis →
Latest weekly (dated 29 Aug 2012) strategic analysis from Future Directions International (FDI), with articles on Chinese food security, the Indonesian arms trade, the political environment in Somalia, the future implications of the mining boom for northern Australia, and other issues from the Indian Ocean region.
New ASPI paper on countering contemporary piracy... →
#piracy #ASPI New (27 Aug 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on global and regional strategies for countering piracy at sea. The paper is effectively the proceedings of a counter-piracy conference held in Perth in July 2012. An overview of the paper also appears on the ASPI blog.
New ASPI report on professional military education... →
#ADF #PME New report (29 Aug 2012) from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) providing an overview and (very) critical eye over the current state of professional military education (PME) contra training in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). A summary discussion of the themes in the paper are addressed at ASPI’s blog. Worth reading in conjunction with an article by Michael...
USAF Press Release - B52s deploy to Darwin for... →
#USAF #RAAF Press release from the US Air Force regarding the deployment of B-52s (and supporting aircraft) from Hawaii to Darwin for joint training with the RAAF.
More on the RAAF EA-18 Acquisition
#RAAF #EA-18 Further reporting today in both the Fairfax press and The Australian regarding the upgrading of 12 RAAF Super Hornets to the EA-18 standard. In particular, the Fairfax piece references a US Government Accountability Office report on the airborne electronic attack capability and US media reporting as regards the limitations of the AN/ALQ-99 jamming equipment. As regards the defence...
Statement by Australian MINDEF - RAAF to get EA-18 →
#RAAF #ADF Text of a statement by the Australian Minister for Defence that the RAAF will acquire 12 EA-18 Growler aircraft (or - rather - will acquire the EW kit to be plumbed into existing Super Hornet airframes) to be operationally usable in 2018. Interesting question this raises is what this means for a prospective Australian Joint Electronic Warfare Centre (JEWC) - foreshadowed in the...
Recent MINDEF parliamentary statement on... →
#ADF #Afghanistan Recent (16 August 2012) statement by the Australian Minister for Defence (Stephen Smith) on Australian operations in Afghanistan.
New ASPI paper on implications of a third NK... →
#ASPI #Korea New (21 August 2012) policy analysis from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the implications for north Asian security of a third North Korean nuclear test. A shorter version of the paper is also available via the ASPI blog.
Upcoming RAAF Airpower Seminar →
#RAAF #Libya Upcoming (28 August 2012) seminar in Canberra - hosted by the RAAF’s Air Power Development Centre (APDC) - on the role of air power in the toppling of the Qaddafi regime in 2011.
Upcoming Uni of Canberra National Security Lecture... →
Public lecture by the head of the Australian Crime Commission hosted by the University of Canberra National Security Institute on 31 August 2012. The upcoming public lecture program is here.
New Air Power Centre book on the Caribou →
#APDC New (August 2012) book from the RAAF Air Power Development Centre (APDC) on the last operating years of the Caribou tactical airlift aircraft. Truly a workhorse for Australia in New Guinea, East Timor and elsewhere in the region.
New ASPI paper on 'Australia and the Asian... →
#ASPI New (17 Aug 2012) Policy Analysis from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the soon to be released White Paper on ‘Australia in the Asian Century’. Poses some critical questions regarding the focus of the paper, and the apparent absence of consideration of US interests in the region. A truncated version of the paper is available at ASPI’s blog, and is also...
LWSC Working Paper: Lack of Future Warfare Debate... →
#LWSC New (early Aug 2012) Working Paper from the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre (LWSC) on the reasons for the absence of debate by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regarding the character of future warfare. A truncated version of the Working Paper has also been published on the Lowy Institute’s blog. Worth reading in conjunction with a few articles from...
Jim Molan's Riposte to ASPI ADF Force Sizing Paper →
#ASPI #WP13 Post in response (on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute - ASPI) blog by Major General (rtd) Jim Molan to Mark Thompson’s ASPI Policy Analysis paper discussing the implications of a smaller Australian Defence Force, in the context of the 2013 Defence White Paper.
New ASPI paper on sizing the ADF - how big? →
#ASPI #WP13 New (15 Aug 2012) Policy Analysis from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the implications of a smaller Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Australian Minister for Defence's Speech to ASPI →
#ASPI #ADF Transcript of speech by the Australian Minister for Defence to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) - touches on the US Pacific force posture report, the 2013 Defence White Paper, and other trends in Australian defence policy.
Latest FDI Strategic Weekly Analysis →
#future_directions Latest (1 Aug 2012) weekly update from Future Directions International (FDI), with articles on communal violence in north-east India, the evolving post civil war security environment in Sri Lanka, food security in Australia, and more.
CSIS paper on US force posture strategy in the... →
#CSIS New (1 Aug 2012) report from the US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on US military force posture options for the future in the Pacific region. The report attracted considerable (misquoted) media attention in Australia regarding the prospective option of basing a carrier battle group at Garden Island adjacent to Perth.
New ASPI paper on Asia's rise and Australian... →
#ASPI Newish (25 Jul 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) investigating the implications of the changing contours of power in Asia for Australia’s strategic posture.
New RAAF 'Pathfinder' paper on air power and... →
#APDC #RAAF New (4 May 2012) paper from the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Power Development Centre (APDC) on the role of air power in coercive diplomacy.
Transcript of PM/Defence Minister/MIN for Defence... →
#ADF #australian_defence Link to the full transcript regarding the future submarines, the 2013 Defence White Paper and the Force Posture Review.
Joint press releases by AS PM, MINDEF and Minister...
#ADF #australian_defence This morning (3 May 2012) there has been a combined press conference involving the Australian Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Materiel on a range of defence policy issues: the next stage of the Future Submarine project; the bringing forward of the next Defence White paper to 2013; and the release of the final report of the Defence Force...
New ASPI paper on AS-US cooperation on... →
#ASPI #cybersecurity New (27 April 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on Australia-US cooperation on cyber-security, based on the proceedings of a workshop held in Washington DC late last year.
New ASPI paper on future ADF submarine capability →
#ASPI #australian_navy A new (19 April 2012) contribution from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to the debate regarding Australia’s future submarine capability. Argues that the vision articulated in the 2009 Defence White Paper is unachievable, and any prospective future programs must involve a compromise arrangement between an Australian build and an effective and timely...
New ASPI paper on Chinese investment and... →
#ASPI #China Recently released paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the implications of Chinese investment in Australia for national security, particularly as regards alliance relations with the United States.
Latest APDC paper - the role of air power in... →
#APDC #piracy Latest (late March 2012) ‘Pathfinder’ paper from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Air Power Development Centre (APDC) regarding the role of air power in countering the threat posed by contemporary maritime piracy.
Audit report on Australia Network tender process →
#ANAO #public_diplomacy Recently released (2 April 2012) report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) on the fraught tender process relating to the Australia Network - Australia’s international television broadcasting network.
Latest FDI Strategic Weekly Analysis →
#FDI Latest weekly update (4 April 2012) update from Future Directions International (FDI), stories this week including food and water security in the Gulf region, the implications of international sanctions on Iran, differing responses across the Arab world to the unrest in Syria, and the outcomes of the recent Burmese elections.
New ASPI paper on future ADF airlift capability →
#ASPI #ADF Recent (22 March 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on the prospects for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) future medium airlift capability.
Lowy Institute podcast on future US military... →
#lowy_institute Podcast of a speech to the Lowy Institute by Professor Lawrence Freedman (from the War Studies Department of Kings College, London) on the future of US military strategy. Argues that recent military experience in Iraq and Afghanistan - and a rising China - may lead to a resurgence of focus on large scale high-end warfighting scenarios in US military strategy.
New Lowy Policy Brief on prospects for electoral... →
#PNG #Lowy_Institute Recent (30 March 2012) paper from the Lowy Institute on the prospects for violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) associated with the upcoming elections, and actions that might be taken to address the prospects of such.
New Lowy Policy Brief on the ADF after Afghanistan →
#Lowy_Institute #ADF Newly released paper from the Lowy Institute on force structure imperatives for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) beyond engagement in the Afghanistan conflict. Paper stresses the need to avoid the hollowing of the ADF that followed exit from the Vietnam conflict in the 1970s, and advocates a rebalancing of the ADF’s capabilities towards regional contingencies as...
New working paper from the RAAF Air Power... →
#RAAF #APDC Newly released working paper from the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Air Power Development Centre (APDC), providing an Australian perspective on the evolving security environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
Latest FDI Strategic Weekly Analysis →
#FDI #indian_ocean Latest (7 March 2012) Strategic Weekly Analysis newsletter from Future Directions International (FDI). Featured articles include analysis of the Iranian elections and elite competition, splits between Hamas and Syria, and food security in Zimbabwe.
Further ASPI contribution to the future Australian... →
#ASPI #australian_navy A further contribution from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to the debate regarding Australia’s future submarine capability.
ICG report on prospects for electoral violence in... →
#crisis_group #Aceh #Indonesia Recently released report from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the prospects for election-related violence in Aceh, advocates early deployment of election monitors to guard against this.
Kokoda Foundation report on Australia's future... →
#Australian_navy #submarine The Kokoda Foundation has now released the full electronic version of its recently released (January 2012) report on Australia’s future submarine capability. Worth reading in conjunction with a RAND Corporation report in a similar vein.
New Australian Army force modernisation documents →
#Australian_Army #ADF As part of the upgraded Australian Army website, the Army has now put on-line (in the one place) a number of publications relating to the future structure and capabilities of the Australian Army: The Army Objective Force 2030 - which articulates the Army’s view of how it will organise its repertoire of capabilities in the context of the future joint military capability...
The Australian Army After Afghanistan →
#Australian_Army #ADF Speech delivered by the Chief of Army - LTGEN David Morrison, on the imperatives for the Australian Army’s capabilities and structures post the Afghanistan conflict. In particular, stresses the requirement to avoid repeating the era of strategic irrelevancy faced by the Australian Army after the end of the Vietnam Conflict. A podcast of the speech is available from...
Update of the Australian Army's Webpage →
#Australian_Army #ADF The Australian Army’s webpage has just undergone a major update, with considerably more - and more up to date - content. Sincerely hope that this is a harbinger of more to come.
Upcoming AIC event on FBI perspective on... →
#AIC #cybercrime Detail of an upcoming (28 March 2012) event hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) in Canberra, on the FBI’s approach to countering cybercrime.
New FDI research paper on water security between... →
#afghanistan #iran New (1 March 2012) paper from Future Directions International (FDI) on the politics of water security issues between Afghanistan and Iran, in particular looking at the security implications of water infrastructure development in Afghanistan.
Latest FDI Strategic Weekly Analysis →
Latest (29 February 2012) Strategic Weekly Analysis from Future Directions International (FDI), with articles examining security developments in Somalia, Yemen, Iran and other issues from the Indian Ocean region.
New ASPI paper on the Philippines' strategic... →
#ASPI #Philippines Recently released (late February 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on internal and external security challenges faced by the Philippines, and their implications for Australia.
New ASPI paper on Australia's long term strategic... →
#ASPI #Pakistan Recently (2 March 2012) paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on disentangling Australia’s longer-term interests in Pakistan from our current involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
Progress Report of the ADF Posture Review →
#ADF Released on 30 Jan 2012, the report provides a progress update on the Review, specifically including a assessment of the implications Australia’s demographic and economic trends for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) disposition.