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Author: DFNS

Graph(s) of the week: F-35 costs re-re-revisited

While the Australian Government has already made its decision to go ahead with procuring a total of 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, there’s still cause to watch the progress of the development program. Australia...

Doing business in 2014 – the Pacific falls behind

The World Bank recently released their Ease of Doing Business rankings for 2014, a ranking of 189 countries across 11 indicators to assess the ease of establishing and operating small and medium-sized businesses. The...

Politics this week

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Sheikhs v shale Israel’s parliament was dissolved and early elections called for March 17th, after the collapse of the governing coalition led by Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister....

America’s next defence secretary: Fit for purpose

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Sheikhs v shale Fly Title: America’s next defence secretary Rubric: Ashton Carter is well-qualified to lead the Pentagon, if he is allowed to Main image: More hawkish than...

Lowy Institute’s books of the year 2014, part 2

As we approach Christmas, we offer selections from Lowy Institute staff and board members, and from Interpreter contributors, for the best book they have read this year. Part 1 here. Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled...

Crowdsourcing the New New Thing?

DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make program shows the measured promise of innovative approaches for engineering innovative armaments. Anyone up for designing a new swimming tank? For counterattacks against possible Chinese landings in that first island...

The Bay of Bengal: the scramble for connectivity

The Bay of Bengal has long been the poor cousin of the long Asian littoral. Thailand is often seen as one of the Asian ‘Tigers’, but Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka missed out on...

Afghanistan: the plot thickens

Last week, the New York Times reported that the post-2014 mission in Afghanistan is expanding, at least for US forces. The move ‘ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the...

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