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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the Australian Defence Force. Crikey’s Australian Defence Force coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


Crikey Clarifier: are the F-35s a bunch of white (flying) elephants?

Why are spending $12 billion on military planes with a history of faults? Andrew Davies, a senior defence analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explains.

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Training, lifeboats and asylum seekers in the ‘battle space’

The legal and operational framework for forcing asylum seekers into lifeboats and towing them back to Indonesia has become a little clearer, despite the government’s secrecy efforts.

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As nations demilitarise, China, Russia — and Australia — are taking up arms

Most developed nations are cutting their military spending as they tighten belts, writes freelance writer and foreign relations student David Donaldson. But China and Russia are happy to flex their military muscle — and oddly, Australia seems to be joining them.

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Revealed: the government agency stealing ideas from businesses

A number of businesses are complaining a Defence Department organisation has stolen their intellectual property, Crikey can reveal. Chris Seage reports new legislation makes the problem worse.

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Military reshuffle: Abbott’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’

The Coalition’s “Operation Sovereign Borders” — which aims to keep asylum seekers out — sounds dramatic but will do little, besides establish a novel military system within the immigration portfolio.

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Foreign affairs: Defence spending down, more aid and spies

It’s a good time to be a spy. While Defence spending has been cut in the federal budget, there’s more money for secret intelligence. And aid funding gets an increase, despite deferring UN goals.

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Battle Scars: veterans and their families respond

To end the Battle Scars series on Crikey — examining the prevalence of PTSD in younger veterans — ex-military personnel and family of veterans weigh in.

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Battle Scars: why soldiers should kill with drones not guns

As part of Crikey’s Battle Scars series into mental health in the armed force, an anonymous ex-navy officer calls for more drones to avoid soldiers being so affected by what they’ve seen.

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Battle Scars: ‘I wish I could have the man I married back’

Crikey’s Battle Scars series explores the issues of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst our young veterans. One anonymous young army wife talks of living with a veteran battling PTSD.

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Battle Scars: how angry young veterans rewrote PTSD treatment

Younger veterans battling PTSD have different issues than from the Vietnam days — new treatment programs were needed. Psychologists tell Crikey how they treat those struggling with combat stress.

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Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

As a young female navy veteran in her 30s, Hannah Parker doesn’t fit the mould of a post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer. But her story illustrates how the navy treats those who seek mental health support.

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Heavy weather for Defence: climate change and the ADF

The Defence Force can’t ignore climate change, writes Australian Strategic Policy Institute deputy director Anthony Bergin. A new report outlines the environment-related challenges facing our forces.

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Battle Scars: how the govt treats broken soldiers

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is in charge of helping veterans struggling with mental health issues. Its deputy director speaks to Crikey about what the department is doing — and its future challenges.

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Battle Scars: fighting on ‘until you’re about to put a rope around your neck’

Steve Ager couldn’t admit his psychological suffering to himself, and was then warned off admitting it to his military superiors. The trauma of witnessing horrific scenes at home and abroad still haunts.

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Battle Scars: fighting the ADF’s warrior culture on mental health

Soldiers are told to be tough, but mental scars go undiagnosed. A new Crikey investigation Battle Scars examines post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues in younger veterans.

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The drones are coming: border protection fleet for Adelaide

They’re 40 metres wide, can stay in the air for 30 hours, and are set to patrol Australia’s borders — with not a pilot in sight. The Triton drones are coming to Adelaide, reports InDaily’s Liam Mannix.

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Cost of life in Afghanistan: a few hundred dollars the norm

The family of two Afghan boys killed in a mission involving Australian troops is likely to receive less than $2000 — appropriate compensation for the country.

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Military mental health plan revealed — but problem underestimated

A new Defence Force report outlines how the military plans to deal with mental health issues like alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder among troops. The problem is being underestimated.

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What are Australia’s rules of engagement during war?

A raid to find rogue Afghan army member Hek Matullah by combined Australian and Afghanistan forces resulted in two civilians being killed. Priscilla Pho talks to an expert about rules of engagement during war.

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Broderick verdict on Defence: abuse is worse than outside

Areas of the Australian Defence Force had poor leadership which allowed sexual harassment to flourish. Liz Broderick releases her report and calls on the military to provide strong guidance, writes Jenna Price.

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Nuclear drumbeat grows as US eyes Australia

Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard. That’s if US Republicans get their way.

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Senior Defence officer: what I did was bastardisation

The DLA Piper report warned that some of the perpetrators and witnesses may still be serving in the Defence Force. A currently serving senior officer writes about his involvement in ADFA incidents.

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Damage done by military predators far from over

The damage caused by those alleged to have preyed on their weaker military peers is not yet over, writes Army veteran and Lowy Institute fellow James Brown.

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No dignity in military probe

The still-serving senior officer who writes for Crikey has regrets about his time at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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New white paper has to look at fixing core problems in defence

The 2013 Defence white paper is a failure before it starts. Unworkable. Unaffordable. A loss of national defence capability; continuing. With no end in sight, writes Eric Palmer.

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