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Five fifth-generation warfare dilemmas

By Peter Layton The future of the ADF is ‘fifth generation’, or at least the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force think so. It might’ve been just a passing fad, given that the...

The intelligence review: the cybersecurity dimensions

By Fergus Hanson The cybersecurity dimensions of the 2017 intelligence review report have been mostly overlooked, but it contains some interesting recommendations, as well as leaving considerable detail still to be worked out. The...

Rennell: an island of two halves

By Luke Kiddle Rennell – the world’s largest raised coral island – is a small Polynesian outlier of Solomon Islands. With neighbouring Bellona, it forms tiny Rennell and Bellona Province, population approximately 3,000. Rennell...

This Week’s MOD Graphic

By Russian Defense Policy This week’s Russian MOD graphic shows 195 aircraft, 3,000 trucks, 800 trains, and ten ships delivered military cargo amounting to 65,000 tons of freight, 450 pieces of equipment, and more...

“The Whole Network Needs to Mesh in Wartime”

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (James Hasik) Avoiding despair about military radio communications is the first step towards robust solutions. The US Army may be taking a knee in its pursuit of modernizing its battlefield radio communications....

After Mosul: Iraq’s Arab Neighbors Must Help Rebuild

By Daniel DePetris On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, pulling on the same black uniform and jacket that Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces wore throughout the battle for Mosul, declared the final liberation...

The role of humanitarian academics in a post-truth world

By Robyn Alders and Darryl Stellmach At the end of 2016, Oxford dictionaries made “post-truth” their word of the year. The word encapsulates many phenomena: the role of emotionality in politics, mistrust of public...

Australia in ASEAN: Indonesian centrality

By Graeme Dobell The roller-coaster nature of Australia’s history with Indonesia—high moments of great optimism, low periods of clash and argument—means that Indonesia’s foreign policy elite is cautious when contemplating the idea of Australia...

Talking to the chiefs: Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy

By Brendan Nicholson Australia’s massive shipbuilding program must become a strongly focused national effort involving government, Defence and industry, says Chief of Navy Tim Barrett. ‘It will only work if it’s a national enterprise,...