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.
#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.
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.
#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.
#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 2009 Defence White Paper - to support this capability: having the airframes alone is the least of the issues in building an effective electronic attack capability.
#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.
#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.
A truncated version of the paper is available at ASPI’s blog, and is also discussed in an opinion piece in The Australian. Also worth comparing to more general discussion of the White Paper on the Lowy Institute’s blog on the same subject.
#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 the Kokoda Foundation’s Security Challenges journal (dating back to 2008), authored by Dr Michael Evans (a former Director of LWSC).
Also worth considering in the context of the cancellation of the 2012 Chief of Army’s History Conference. The subject of the conference was to have been the final years of the Vietnam War. Given the current prominence of the endgame/exit strategy for Australia from Afghanistan, the cancellation of the conference - apparently for budgetary reasons - invites questions.
#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.
#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 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.
Joint press releases by AS PM, MINDEF and Minister for Defence Materiel
#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:
#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.
#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 capability.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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 against high-end warfighting tasks.
#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.
#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.
#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 Corporationreport in a similar vein.
#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 Future Land Operating Concept - which provides a vision of the future operating environment for the Australian Army and how the future Army will operate within that environment (this was published back in late 2009, but aligns closely with the above two publications).
#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 the Sydney Institute’s website. For those of you with cable TV in Australia, this is also presently being played on the Australian Public Affairs Channel (A-PAC).
#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 (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.
#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.
#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.
#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.