Analysis

Defending Australia’s north: the future of northern command

Defending Australia’s north: the future of northern command

20131105ran8114832_002.JPGBy Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe

AUSTRALIA’S vast northern recesses is a strategically sensitive region, and remains the subject of ongoing debate as to how best to secure this porous area. Situated in Darwin, the Northern Command (NORCOM), is the premier defence organisation that oversees and coordinates Defence’s presence in Australia’s remote North and North West regions. Commodore Brenton Smyth, the Commander of NORCOM, gave an exclusive interview describing the role and inner workings of one of Australia’s most strategic military commands.

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Russia v America: the race for underwater spy drones

Russia v America: the race for underwater spy drones

A REMUS 600By Dave Majumdar*
RUSSIA is developing a family of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles, a high-ranking official in that country’s navy said this week. While the U.S. Navy has been developing naval drones for more than a decade, this is the first indication that Moscow is working on similar capabilities.

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Is the UK back as a carrier force?

Is the UK back as a carrier force?

uk carrierBy Ben Ho Wan Beng
The United Kingdom’s new national security document – the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 (SDSR 2015) – was released to much fanfare. This document has been generally well received in the defense community with most analysts believing that the review’s proposed changes would profoundly boost Britain’s military capabilities in the coming years.

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Falklands: neither side ready for war

Falklands: neither side ready for war

mapBy W. Alejandro Sanchez
ARGENTINA has requested that the United Kingdom engage in diplomatic talks regarding control of the Falkland Islands, or Islas Malvinas, depending on which side you support. As the islands will not change hands anytime soon, with London citing a 2013 referendum as proof of the Falklanders’ desire to remain in the UK, the dispute will continue.

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The changing direction of India’s maritime strategy

By Preetam Kaushik Business INDIA’S latest maritime strategy document, released by the Navy recently, was noted for its title-‘Ensuring Secure Seas’-which pointed to a clever shift from the country’s hitherto theme, ‘Freedom to Use the Seas’, which was released in 2007.

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