Topic archives: US military

Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

March 20, 2014 8

Spectacular advances in robotic technology are a far cry from Rosie the maid -- they can self-replicate, replace millions of workers and, most sinister of all, hunt and kill. Crikey examines the dark side of our bright future.

Compare and contrast — Syria vs Iraq

Compare and contrast — Syria vs Iraq

September 2, 2013

It's over-simplistic to compare the situation in Syria with early 2000s Iraq -- for starters, there is already conflict in Syria, writes Charles Richardson.

Manning didn’t aid the enemy, but his country will lock him up for life

Manning didn’t aid the enemy, but his country will lock him up for life

July 31, 2013 9

Former US military officer Bradley Manning has escaped prosecution for aiding the enemy. But the 19 charges that stuck will see the suspected WikiLeaks source locked away for decades.

Will America park its drones on our lawn? Military men talk options

Will America park its drones on our lawn? Military men talk options

July 26, 2013 64

Congressional hearings in Washington have revealed the US military is openly canvassing hosting controversial unmanned aircraft in the region -- including at Australian bases.

Imbalance of power: cuts won’t diminish US forces

Imbalance of power: cuts won’t diminish US forces

April 5, 2013

Despite cuts, the US will remain the world’s military giant for the foreseeable future, writes Andy Butfoy, a senior lecturer in international relations at Monash University, at Inside Story.

The Petraeus affair, you couldn’t make this stuff up

The Petraeus affair, you couldn’t make this stuff up

November 15, 2012 28

The Petraeus affair makes other political sex scandals look like a Christian RSVP.com speed date. Our correspondent delves into the affair that has everything.

All the way with the USA? How Darwin received its US troops

All the way with the USA? How Darwin received its US troops

November 9, 2012 6

When the "enduring presence" of US marines in Darwin was announced locals were too giddy by Obama's presence to question it. Justin Tutty from BaseWatch examines what happened when they arrived.

Nuclear drumbeat grows as US eyes Australia

August 2, 2012 61

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.

Syria solution needed to prevent regional war

July 31, 2012 1

The threat of a war with Israel coincides with a failure by Syrian rebels to make serious gains on the ground. Australian journalist Antoun Issa reports from Beirut.

US reveals plans to put nukes in your neighbourhood

May 11, 2012 11

The US would redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the Asia-Pacific and ask regional allies to host nuclear weapons in plans added to the draft Pentagon budget.