Budget + Policy

ASPI has released a report, authored by yours truly, exploring opportunities and limits for Australia to deepen its security and defence ties in Europe.

PM Scott Morrison has signalled that Defence and industry will form the backbone of the government's efforts to shore up Australia's presence in the South Pacific in a statement released during his overseas visit to Vanuatu.

Canberra has outlined a plan to “step up” Australia’s presence in the Pacific - despite significant cuts to that presence in recent years.

A dedicated annual grants program has been announced that will provide up to $17 million to Australian SMEs.

The Commonwealth has signed an agreement with Switzerland to strengthen defence materiel and industry cooperation.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave a speech at the Lowy Institute indicating that Labor would not implement significant changes to the Defence budget or to major projects.

The US Department of Defense has released a report to ensure a “robust, resilient, secure, and ready” manufacturing and defence industrial base that could serve as a template for Australia.

A report by KPMG has highlighted the issues surrounding lengthy procurement processes in an era of rapidly-iterating technologies.

The range of technologies being implemented in major projects brings some Australian companies under the United States ITAR and EAR export controls.

The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit has tabled its report into the 2016-17 Defence Major Projects Report (MPR).

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a scathing report into the Land 121 Phase 4 project to acquire the Thales Hawkei.

In a presentation made on the sidelines of Land Forces, Brigadier Chris Mills laid out Army’s modernisation priorities in light of anticipated changes to the way wars will be fought.

The government has approved a project to enhance and continuously improve the equipment used by the ADF.

Our society and the ADF would cease to operate if our national energy infrastructure and associated supply chains falter. Yet public awareness of these risks is relatively poor.

Newly-minted Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne has announced the Government’s 2018-19 investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub.