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

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

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.

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

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

Actual soldier refutes Devine in the value of women in combat

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

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

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

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

Should Australia procure nuclear submarines?

Should Australia procure nuclear submarines?

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

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

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’

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?

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.