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Sea, air, land and space updates

By Zoe Glasson, Sophie Qin, Madeleine Nyst and Patrick Kennedy Sea State An Iranian ship came within 730m of three US Navy vessels (an amphibious assault ship, a guided-missile destroyer and a dry cargo...

Properly ministering to our defence force

By Neil James The Australian Defence organisation has an undeserved reputation for supposedly ‘devouring’ its ministers. The generally high throughput has instead had far more to do with the portfolio being frequently allocated to...

Tobacco trouble: Asia and the Pacific in the spotlight

By Ian Anderson Latest analysis of the prevalence and implications of tobacco smoking in 195 countries gives some disturbing findings for low and middle income countries (LMICs) in the Asia and Pacific region. This...

U.S. Navy Calls Off Its Search for Missing Sailors

By J. Weston Phippen, National Journal Their bodies were found inside a flooded compartment in the USS Fitzgerald, which had crashed the day before with a container ship. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Declining Defense Orders

By Russian Defense Policy Smaller military budgets and delays in putting GPV 2018-2025 into place will apparently trickle down into reduced orders for Russia’s defense-industrial complex (OPK) in coming years. According to TASS on...

Going dark—strong encryption and security (part 1)

By Andrew Davies The debate about law enforcement access to encrypted communications has flared up again recently. It seems that everyone has a view on the subject, including a string of American visitors to...

Should some of our Barracudas go nuclear?

By Geoffrey Barker Australia’s decision to spend $50 billion on 12 French diesel-electric Shortfin Barracuda submarines reflects a long-established government preference for non-nuclear submarine forces. But will this preference remain strategically credible in future...

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo strategy

By Joseph S. Nye Jr. Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated ‘Belt and Road’ forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin,...

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