Key Developments

Force Sustainability Through A Crisis: An RAAF Perspective

04/21/2019
By Robbin Laird

A key question facing the US and the allies in confronting the kinds of crises which…

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Dissent and 21st Century Authoritarian States: The Case of China

04/20/2019
By Minxin Pei

Lou Jiwei may not be a household name in the West, but the former Chinese finance…

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Re-shaping Australian Industry as Part of Enhanced Self-Reliance and Sustainability

04/17/2019
By Robbin Laird

The strategic shift away from the Middle Eastern land wars towards the return to direct defense…

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Reworking Australian Alliances: The Perspective of Dr. Alan Stephens

04/16/2019
By Robbin Laird

The alliances in both Europe and the United States are being reworked as the challenges facing…

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Far from the Sanctuaries: Sustaining a Fifth Generation Fight in the Indo-Pacific

04/16/2019
By Robbin Laird

During the recent Williams Foundation Seminar examining the approach and ways to sustain Australian forces in…

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Asking the Right Questions about Enhanced Australian Capabilities for the Future: The Perspective of Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown

04/14/2019
By Robbin Laird

Dateline: Sydney, Australia The latest Williams Seminar held in Canberra on April 11, 2019 focused on…

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Special Reports
03/29/2019
We are facing threats and challenges from key strategic competitors right now. Talking about the force structure and...
Book Review
04/08/2019
My last book review focused on the Gordievsky Affair. With that case you had an interesting twist on the Special Relationship between the UK and the US in which the US generated the spy who took down the UK spy...
Featured Defense System
04/17/2019
By defense.info

Recent reports on USNI News provide updates on progress on the CH-53K program. According to an article by Megan Eckstein published on April 10, 2019, a production contract is imminent between the USMC and Lockheed Martin. At a recent hearing before the Senate Armed Services Seapower Committee, both Navy Acquisition Chief, James Geurts and the Deputy Commandant of Aviation, Lt. General Rudder highlighted progress in the program. Geurts told USNI News after the hearing that “what we’ve been able to achieve with the contractor, who brings great talent and capability, is a shared risk and shared reward. And so when we worked with them on restructuring the program, we wanted to balance the risk and balance the reward. As this program continues to work through the restructure and...

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