With the end (of the year) nigh, it’s time once again to have a look at what’s been making Strategist readers click. The 2013 top ten showed that our readership was most interested in submarines, China and Indonesia. Try as we might, ASPI couldn’t interest the Indonesian government in buying Chinese submarines, thwarting our aim of producing the ‘post to beat all posts’.
Here are this year’s top ten posts as voted by the mouse buttons of our readers, in increasing order of popularity.
10. China’s emerging undersea capability (Benjamin Schreer)
9. LHD and STOVL: an engineer’s view (Steve George)
8. The strategic implications of China’s hypersonic missile test (Benjamin Schreer)
7. The 2014 defence budget: as good as it gets (Mark Thomson)
6. Aircraft carriers for Australia? (Karl Claxton)
5. The significance of D-Day (various artists)
4. Why the ADF handgun is an ethics issue (Deane-Peter Baker)
3. Graph of the week: ADF pay (Mark Thomson)
2. Is Indonesia’s next Marty Natalegawa… Marty Natalegawa? (Natalie Sambhi)
1. The paper tiger myth: how America is underestimating China’s resolve and power (Jake A.
As was the case last year, Indonesia and China rated highly, taking the top two places. Interestingly, in a year when the Future Submarine and the struggling Air Warfare Destroyer build were making most of the headlines as far as defence projects were concerned, neither managed to crack our top ten. Rather, it was the potential for putting jump jets on the LHDs that caught our readers’ attention.
Finally, in an illustration that hip-pocket issues galvanise attention, Mark Thomson’s budget summary scored well—but was solidly beaten by his post on ADF pay scales.
Over the holiday period, The Strategist‘s editorial team will be running their favourite posts from 2014—a sort of iView for the strategically minded.
Andrew Davies is senior analyst for defence capability at ASPI and a regular—though apparently underappreciated—contributor to The Strategist. Image courtesy of Flickr user Steven Depolo.