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.
29 Apr 2014
What Sea Power edition of any Defence magazine would be complete without a mention of the dreaded Valley of Death? For those living under a rock for the past few years, the term encompasses the period between 2015 and 2018/2019 when the Defence shipbuilding program become somewhat quiet. And by quiet I mean absent.
22 Apr 2014
A regular Canberra end-of-year ritual, typically in early December, squeezed in with the final parliament sitting week and the start of Christmas party season, is the media launch of the cabinet documents by the National Archives of Australia (NAA).
01 Apr 2014
The more keen eyed of you may have spotted something a little different on the editorial page this month: a cartoon.
21 Mar 2014
When Australia departs Afghanistan, security forces made up of a number of police and army forces will take over their responsibilities in Uruzgan Province. It’s a mixed bag of capabilities and personalities.
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