Seeing through the DARC, deep into space

The establishment by Australia and its AUKUS partners, the United States and the United Kingdom, of a deep space advanced radar capability (DARC) will help them respond to the threat of attacks on their satellites …

Leveraging neurodivergence for national security

If we can predict an adversary’s next move, we already have an advantage. Over millennia, those analysing warfare have identified rules, moves and countermoves, but also strengths and weaknesses on both sides. While sovereign capability …

US Congress fires the AUKUS starting gun

Welcome, Australia, to the American culture wars. With passage of the US National Defense Authorization Act a mere two and a half months late, we’ve seen the first significant legislative action since the AUKUS partnership …

The threat spectrum

Planet A This year’s UN climate conference, COP28, was the first to include a day of programming dedicated to the theme of health, relief, recovery and peace. The program provide an opportunity for health, aid …

Revolutionising ADF recruiting: an opt-out system

The Australian Defence Force’s recruiting problems are becoming chronic. Beyond needing to staff all the new systems coming online in the three services, current recruitment has failed to staff even the existing order of battle. …

Biden’s trade policy U-turn bodes ill for Indo-Pacific security

America’s economic isolationism is increasingly entrenched, with President Joe Biden’s administration no longer supporting the trade policies advocated by US multinational corporations, retreating instead to a nativist protectionism. Creating the conditions for the global expansion …

American exceptionalism in 2024

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, three broad camps are visible in America’s debate over how the United States should relate to the rest of the world: the liberal internationalists who have dominated since World …

Why a strategic fleet won’t work for Australia

Failure has been the fate of government-owned or -subsidised fleets, and protected shipping markets, throughout Australian history. History, economics, shipping trends and strategy tell us that the government’s strategic fleet policy will also fail—because the …