Topic archives: Australian Defence Force

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.