Articles by: "Graeme Dobell"
The New and Old Testaments of Defence

Is Australia’s Department of Defence one big beast or a herd of beasts? Is the Oz military a single tribe or a bunch of tribes? The questions matter in many ways, not least because the …

The big beast that is the Defence Department

All Australian governments come to office with a deep admiration for the Oz military and some apprehension about the Department of Defence. Politicians embrace the uniform but worry about the organisation. After some time in …

Morrison pulls the MacArthur manoeuvre on The Donald

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s White House visit crowns a sustained and disciplined execution of the MacArthur manoeuvre on President Donald Trump. Employing the MacArthur method involves embracing the power of America while displaying enthusiasm for …

Bereft by Brexit

With Britain as the mother country and the US as the alliance father, Australia has a dysfunctional family. Mum has gone nuts; dad has gone rogue. The anchors of the Anglosphere are angry and adrift, …

Hugh White’s military revolution

Sink the navy and start again. Shrink the army. Double the air force. That’s the military revolution of Hugh White’s How to defend Australia, based on his claim that Australia has spent two decades building …

A new Australian way of war

Australia’s traditional way of war is to send expeditionary forces abroad to fight in a coalition—to secure the continent by fighting far from it. For more than a century, a central tension of Oz strategic …

The US alliance and defending Australia

The biggest threat to Australia’s alliance with the United States has always been posed by the US—and what it demands or fails to deliver. Wars have strengthened, not weakened, the alliance. In the Pacific war …

Morrison’s Forrest Gump moment

Scott Morrison has been touched by Forrest Gump magic. Come the election, the prime minister went into full Forrest mode: ‘Run, ScoMo, run!’ A federal election is like a box of chocolates. You never know …