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From the bookshelf: the AIF in Battle

By Stephen Loosley Generations of Australians have been told that the Australian Light Horse Regiments, which distinguished themselves from the Sinai to Syria during the Great War, were not Cavalry. They were Mounted Infantry....

Shocking

By Russian Defense Policy Medal for 3rd Shock Army Veterans General-Lieutenant Ivan Buvaltsev indicated that units will compete for the right to bear the title “shock.” Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will award the name...

Afghans Want Troops? Show Us Results

By Daniel DePetris It looks as if the Trump administration will soon send 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan, the theater of America’s longest war. The mission — training and advising...

Dennis Richardson: ANZUS for the 21st century

By Brendan Nicholson Defence Department Secretary Dennis Richardson retired today, after 48 years in the public service. In that time he also headed ASIO and DFAT, and served a term as Australia’s ambassador to...

ASPI suggests

By Amelia Long Welcome back to ASPI suggests, dear readers, where nary a week goes by without a fresh incident from 1600 Penn for us to sink our teeth into. This week, of course,...

Day 1179

By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Ukraine Day 1179: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action today. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. READ OUR SPECIAL REPORT: An Invasion...

F-35 will be regional game changer, says RAAF chief

By Brendan Nicholson The RAAF’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, closely integrated with the Navy and the Army, will be a game changer for regional stability, says Air Force chief Leo Davies. In a major...

Information warfare versus soft power

By Joseph S. Nye Jr. Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and its suspected hacking of French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign servers, should surprise no one, given President Vladimir Putin’s (mis)understanding of...

Driving the economy

By Mark Thomson In March 2017, the Minister for Defence Industry told ABC radio that ‘We know the defence industry is driving the economy.’ He backed up that claim by referring to the just-released...

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