Articles by: "Marcus Hellyer"
Finally, a truckload of common sense

Much of the argument for building warships and submarines in Australia ultimately rests on the rather dubious logic that we’re on an island surrounded by water. But Australia is also surrounded by air, yet nobody …

NATO defence spending: is 2% the magic number?

With President Donald Trump having returned from his dumpster-fire-lighting tour of Europe, the media firestorm unleashed by his claims last week that the European members of NATO were not meeting their defence spending obligations, and …

Senate estimates, submarine escalates

Something interesting happened at the Department of Defence’s Senate estimates hearing last week. Buried among the largely predictable and interminable questions about how much Defence pays eminent persons in advisory and advocacy positions were a …

The ASPI 2018–19 Budget Brief in brief

ASPI has released its annual The Cost of Defence budget brief, the first of the post–Mark Thomson era. As in previous years, this edition seeks to demystify the defence budget, as well as explore some …

If a project is approved in a forest …

One of the key elements of the government’s strategy for national defence is an ambitious recapitalisation of the Australian Defence Force. The 2016 Defence White Paper and its supporting Defence Integrated Investment Program (IIP) announced …

The riddle of steel

In the 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian, Conan laments ‘Crom is strong! If I die, I have to go before him, and he will ask me, “What is the riddle of steel?” If I don’t …

On making decisions right

  The government has made its long-awaited decision on the first phase of LAND 400, Defence’s megaproject to acquire new armoured combat vehicles. And the even bigger decision on the future frigate is likely soon …

OneSKY—too much blue-sky?

Those who follow large-scale Defence acquisitions might think they know which project the following statement—taken directly from Defence’s own project reporting—refers to: The … acquisition originally intended to procure a largely commercial off-the-shelf (or military …