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Defending trade routes

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By David Uren A recurrent theme in Australia’s defence strategy has been our reliance on and need to defend Australia’s trade routes in a globalised...

AUKUS: about strategy not jobs

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Australia’s government must provide a more thorough and public explanation of why it has committed to the AUKUS plan to buy nuclear powered submarines...

Pacific island recruitment idea

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Working more closely with Pacific island partners could help solve Australia’s military recruitment and retention challenges while also building collective regional security and interoperability,...

ANI podcast S03E04. USVs and naval warfare

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Title: Evolution of USVs: Ukraine and the future of Naval Warfare Synopsis: In this episode of the Australian Naval Institute’s Saltwater Strategists, ANI Councillor Jen...

China grabs another bit of ocean

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Earlier this month, China quietly turned a swathe of the Gulf of Tonkin into an extension of Chinese internal waters, simply by declaring a...

US supports Philippines over SCS island

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The Second Thomas Shoal has been in the news again recently, with the Chinese Coast Guard and Maritime Militia shouldering off Philippine vessels trying...

Defence Industry Development Strategy released

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On 29 February the Commonwealth Government released its long-awaited Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS). It said it was “a master plan that defines the...

Legal issues with uncrewed vessels

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By Simon McKenzie* The Australian Navy is set to be transformed. On top of existing plans for nuclear submarines, the government yesterday announced a scheme...

The Red Sea and naval policy drift

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By Richard Menhinick* Last year I wrote the maritime opinion piece on the Defence Strategic Review (DSR) for the WA Defence Review 2022–23 annual issue....

2024: the big security issues

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The first big national security story of 2024 in the Indo-Pacific may well come just 13 days into the new year: Taiwan’s presidential elections,...