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Aerospace Combat Command Instead of Space Force?

By Bill Bruner Over the past two years, America’s near-peer competitors have reorganized and integrated their air, deterrent, missile defense, cyber and space forces to make them more effective. But U.S. competitors aren’t just...

Is a second Sino-Indian border war imminent?

By Feng Zhang The Sino-Indian standoff in the Doklam (Donglang in Chinese) region of the Himalayas where the borders of China, India and Bhutan converge is now nearly two months old. The dispute arose...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman and Harley Comrie The beat Oui, oui: French–Australian drugs ops From theoretical cooperation to practice: After the French Navy seized almost 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from a...

North Korea: deterrence after denuclearisation fails

By Malcolm Davis North Korea’s nuclear weapon and long-range missile programs are gathering momentum, according to a US Defense Intelligence Agency report, commented on by the Washington Post. The Post story suggests that North...

Foreign aid to the Pacific: an overview

By Matthew Dornan and Jonathan Pryke The Pacific islands is one of the most aid-dependent regions in the world. In a recent paper published by Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (available in early...

The president and the generals—1962 style

By Andrew Davies With President Trump’s latest comments that North Korea is facing a response of ‘fire and fury’ if it endangers the US, it’s clear that the US is at least thinking about...

That transcript: the Turnbull/Trump call re-examined

By Cam Hawker The full transcript of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s now infamous phone call with President Donald Trump seems to offer something for everyone. Coverage and analysis has ranged from describing the call...

Cyber wrap

By Michael Chi Don’t say stupid things online It’s been a big week for advocates of online OPSEC. On Monday, a Google employee suffered a high-profile firing after he circulated a ‘manifesto’ railing against...

Asia’s evolving security order

By Le Hong Hiep During his visit to Huế, Vietnam’s former royal capital, earlier this year, Japanese Emperor Akihito and his entourage were reminded of their country’s longstanding cultural connections with Vietnam. In the...

Enhancing Australia’s cyber security posture

By Dan Tehan On 30 June 2017, the Turnbull Government made two key announcements to enhance Australia’s cyber security posture—in both war fighting and law enforcement. In the first of these, the government announced...

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