Articles by: "Brendan Nicholson"
The Strategist Six: Mark Binskin

Welcome to The Strategist Six, which provides a glimpse into the thinking of prominent academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world. 1. The ADF has been on operations overseas almost …

Talking to the Chiefs: Mark Binskin

In a village near the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul, Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin met a team of Australian combat medics who’d set up a triage unit and emergency operating theatre in a …

Pests slowing the Marine’s Darwin advance

Plans to rotate a potent 2,500-strong US Marine Air-Ground Task Force through Darwin for six months at a time may fall foul of Australia’s tough biosecurity regulations. A new report by the US Government Accountability …

Why Malcolm should head for Mar-a-Lago

Two specialists on strategic and economic issues have urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to plan an early visit to Mar-a-Lago, the same venue where US President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold crucial talks with …

Pyne flags missile defence system

The Turnbull government has ramped up its push to train the specialised workforce needed to build $95 billion worth of warships in Australia over the next three decades and hinted that Australia will have a …

ADF women are already ‘in combat’

This article is part of a series on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ that The Strategist is publishing in recognition of International Women’s Day 2017. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, the first Special Forces officer to command the Australian …

The JSF: time for a reality check (part 2)

Perhaps apocryphal, the story goes that a senior US Air Force officer on the Joint Strike Fighter Program found himself sitting next to a Chinese general. ‘I like your aeroplane,’ the General said. That’s nice,’ …

MH370: more clues, but no more money

The team searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the vastness of the Indian Ocean off Western Australia is working with the slenderest of clues painstakingly drawn from minute fragments of evidence. (The Australian …