Strategy

Climate change poses threats: RN chief

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The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Tony Radakin, says Britain faces increasing threats from China and Russia as new global trade...

Chief of Navy launches the RAS AI Strategy 2040

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On 6 October Vice Admiral Michael Noonan launched the Navy’s Remote and Autonomous System & Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2040. The following day he gave the keynote...

Covid slows, but not stops, Chinese military

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By Richard A. Bitzinger* THE COVID-19 virus has up-ended many things. When it comes to Chinese military modernisation, however, the pandemic has blunted the pace...

Pacific arms race: extra money for US shipbuilding

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has announced called for increased funding for Navy shipbuilding after a major review of its force structure — but...

US Navy chasing the impossible

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By Brendan Thomas-Noone* Several months ago, US Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite said he believed the service was ‘at a turning point’ in its history. The...

No need to choose between guns or butter

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By Frank Yuan The Morrison government’s plan for defence spending outlined in the Defence Strategic Update last month has been incorporated into the Canberra consensus,...

Strategic update and internal risks

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By Peter J. Dean The 2020 defence strategic update released last month provides a sobering analysis of Australia’s strategic environment and the risks we must...

New strategy from US Navy cyber command

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The US Navy’s primary cyber outfit released its strategic plan for the next five years, a document that calls for using the service’s networks...

Suspicion, the virus and the cost of Australia’s defence

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By Marcus Hellyer* The 2020 defence strategic update represents a remarkable commitment by the Australian government to sustained growth in the defence budget. Released on...

Labor limited defence policy debate to procurement

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By Katherine Manstead* In a major address at the National Press Club on Tuesday, shadow defence minister Richard Marles doubled down on the Australian Labor...