Articles by: "Peter Jennings"
How not to defend Australia

Hugh White’s How to defend Australia is an elegant book but also something of a party trick: engagingly clever but not realistic. It will be essential reading for every national security master’s degree by coursework …

The case for a new defence white paper

Successful defence white papers have to find the right resting place between four sets of demands: politics; strategy and policy; military capability; and money. That’s what makes them so interesting, and also so hard to …

The year 2025 will be like 2019, only more so

This is an edited version of remarks delivered by ASPI’s executive director at the opening session of ASPI’s ‘War in 2025’ conference this morning. For ASPI’s 2019 conference, ‘War in 2025’, I was asked to …

The joint facilities: still the jewel in the crown

Since the 1980s, Australian defence ministers have made regular parliamentary statements about the roles and functions of the US–Australia joint defence facilities (at Pine Gap, North West Cape and, until 1999, Nurrungar). These are important …

Suspicion for parliamentary hack must fall on China

Scott Morrison’s shock announcement in parliament that the three major political parties have had their computer systems hacked by a ‘sophisticated state actor’ will have impacts long after the federal election. There’s a lot that …