Strategy

Australia loses another oil refinery

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In the space of four months, Australia has lost half of its remaining oil refineries. In October, BP announced it was closing its Kwinana oil...

India should go for a denial strategy

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By Arzan Tarapore* To break the border stand-off between India and China in the Himalayas, some Indian analysts have advocated going on the offensive against...

What’s up with RAN’s weapons program

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By Marcus Hellyer* Last month, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds put out a media release announcing a boost to Australia’s maritime security. Its focus was the...

US-Australia to do large-scale exercise despite Covid

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The United States and Australia will hold a large-scale, multinational military exercise in Australia this (southern winter) this summer despite the challenges of the...

China gives coastguard open-fire orders

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China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coastguard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make...

Australia’s Pacific step-up and the Quad

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By Eerishika Pankaj* The growing synergy among the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue powers of Australia, Japan, the United States and India has provided a crucial impetus...

China’s use of Soviet naval strategy

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By James Goldrick* In 1976, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Sergei Georgyevich Gorshkov published his exposition of Soviet maritime strategy under the...

An APS reserve could save defence costs

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By Marcus Hellyer* Last month, I looked at Defence’s growing external workforce, in particular its 6,500 or so contractors, who provide ‘skills that would normally...

US declassifies Indo-Pacific strategy

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By Rory Medcalf* The US government has just declassified one of its most sensitive national security documents—its 2018 strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, which was...

More FONOPs for US Navy

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The U.S. Navy has for years now sent warships through the South China Sea, past military outposts erected by the Chinese military on what...