18 Nov 2014
Over the past 10 to 15 years, government, defence and the DMO have spent many dollars and man hours reforming the processes by which materiel for the ADF is acquired and sustained. The endless cycle of reviews (Kinnaird, Mortimer, Black, Coles et al) continues with the First Principals Review, which is due out next year alongside a raft of other important strategic documents including a new White Paper, Defence Capability Plan and Industry Policy.
07 Oct 2014
As Islamist militants surged through northern Iraq and were, it seemed, poised to swoop on Baghdad, there was much speculation about Australia committing military forces to help stem this malevolent tide.
23 Sep 2014
In early July, Defence Minister David Johnston officially opened Saab Australia’s Advanced Maritime Systems Centre (AMSC) in Adelaide and, in doing so, spoke highly of Australian technology.
02 Sep 2014
Japan and Australia are new best security buddies with PM Tony Abbott signing off on a program of enhanced security and defence cooperation during his visit to Tokyo in early April.
21 Jul 2014
With the Abbott Government’s inaugural budget now behind us, the debate over whether it is effective or not, fair or unfair, will no doubt continue for some time.
Maybe some in defence breathed a small sigh of relief that cuts in defence public service numbers weren't as bad as hinted in pre-budget speculation but they were still pretty bad, in line with a long-term coalition view that defence contains too much tail for the number of teeth.
10 Jun 2014
Expect to see plenty of bad press about the Joint Strike Fighter now that the program has entered the phase which those with knowledge of complex defence equipment have long predicted would be a problem - integrating computer software so that JSF is actually fit to go to war.
While many of the conversations I had last month were centred on the future of naval shipbuilding in Australia, this month it seems the focus is on submarines and in particular, Sea 1000 or Future Submarine.
13 May 2014
Every morning that parliament sits in Canberra, reporters congregate outside to quiz arriving politicians on the issues of the day, especially useful for the electronic media which acquires fresh vision for morning bulletins.
09 May 2014
First of all, welcome to the first edition of ADM with me in the editorial chair, albeit temporarily, as Katherine is away on maternity leave.
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