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China’s dedicated drone carrier

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China has built the world's first dedicated drone carrier. The ship has not been reported however and many of the circumstances surrounding it remain...

HMAS Huon to decommission

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will decommission the Minehunter Coastal (MHC), HMAS Huon, on 30 May 2024. Huon was commissioned into the RAN on 15 May...

Countering Chinese coercion

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By Lisa Curtis and Nilanthi Samaranayake The People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) has been engaging in gray zone activity—coercive behavior that is aimed at...

Looker for cheaper way to zap cheap drones

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The toll of expending expensive surface fleet weapons to take out cheap Houthi drones, anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles in the Red Sea has...

Pier ‘stabbed’ into Gaza beach

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Since President Joe Biden announced during his State of the Union address that the U.S. military would build a humanitarian aid pier on the...

The long arc of Australian defence strategy

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By Michael Pezzullo* Kim Beazley was appointed as Minister for Defence on 13 December 1984. He oversaw a revolution in Australian defence, as profoundly important...

Philippines to bolster Coastguard

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On 16 May it was reported that in response to increased Chinese activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) a bill has been tabled...

US Navy recruitment challenges

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The Navy’s ongoing struggle to meet recruitment missions and the Marine Corps’ growing concerns over the shrinking pool of possible enlistees topped a Senate...

Battle of Crete memorial unveiled

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On Saturday, May 11th, a ceremony was held in Kings Park, Perth, to unveil the first monument in Australia dedicated to those who fought...

Budget 2024: hoping for the best

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The Albanese government has unveiled its third budget. ASPI experts across defence, cybersecurity and technology, the Pacific, climate and critical minerals give their first...