Topic archives: Australian Defence Force

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

May 10, 2018 15

The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.

Dutton anointed, Brandis humiliated. Malcolm Turnbull has finally lost it.

July 18, 2017 46

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a home affairs portfolio, in a major win for Peter Dutton that reflects how weak the Prime Minister is.

Actual soldier refutes Devine in the value of women in combat

April 5, 2017 16

Gender diversity is not a PC buzzword -- it saves lives and wins wars, a senior Defence servicewoman has said.

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

November 30, 2016 6

Australia's ex-servicemen have a much higher rate of suicide than other Australian men, a new study confirms -- and younger men in particular are at risk.

A budget more Keynes than Kissinger — at least on Defence

A budget more Keynes than Kissinger — at least on Defence

May 5, 2016 8

Spending $50 billion for around 3000 jobs works out at a bit over $16 million each.

Should Australia procure nuclear submarines?

March 21, 2016 12

The Future Submarine program asks a lot of critical questions about the future of Australia's defence capabilities, writes director of Insight Economics Jon Stanford.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

March 18, 2015 3

Australian veterans snubbed? ... Campbell Newman is moving on ... and the stupidest laws in Britain ...

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

February 26, 2015 5

Australia is moving from surveillance drones to armed drones. But given the US' record of using drones in countries without authorisiation (and given Abbott's penchant for "captain's calls"), are Australian armed drones a good idea?

Send in the troops — Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

Send in the troops — Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

February 24, 2015

The Australian Defence Force was standing by to provide disaster relief in the wake of Cyclone Lam. So why weren't the troops sent in?

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

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

April 23, 2014 20

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.

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

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

March 6, 2014 18

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.

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

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

February 26, 2014

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.

Revealed: the government agency stealing ideas from businesses

Revealed: the government agency stealing ideas from businesses

December 2, 2013 7

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.

Military reshuffle: Abbott’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’

Military reshuffle: Abbott’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’

July 25, 2013 54

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.

Foreign affairs: Defence spending down, more aid and spies

Foreign affairs: Defence spending down, more aid and spies

May 15, 2013 2

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.

Battle Scars: veterans and their families respond

March 28, 2013 3

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.

Battle Scars: why soldiers should kill with drones not guns

Battle Scars: why soldiers should kill with drones not guns

March 28, 2013 1

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.

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

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

March 28, 2013 3

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.

Battle Scars: how angry young veterans rewrote PTSD treatment

Battle Scars: how angry young veterans rewrote PTSD treatment

March 27, 2013 1

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.

Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

March 26, 2013 3

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.