More than the sum of its parts

Sustainment, along with infrastructure and ICT, are the trio of Fundamental Inputs to Capability (FICs) that are the unsexy side of Defence.


One lanyard to rule them all

As this edition of ADM goes to print, it remains to be seen what effect the First Principles Review (FPR) has had on Defence in a substantial way. Premium

Editorial: Information black hole

This month’s edition was a bit of trial for me I have to say. If you read the opening article of our annual Defence Capability Plan (DCP) Calendar, you can see where some of my frustration came from. The better part of a month was spent going around in circles. I have no doubt that I am not the only one who is irritated by the lack of information coming out of Defence at the moment. Premium

Editorial: Walking the line between openness and security on the cyber front

Of all the topics that ADM covers, cyber is perhaps the least well-understood domain. Cyber warfare, cyber crime, cyber threats and all the other cyber terms that come up can provide a labyrinth for the everyday person to navigate with little or no skill in the workplace or at home. Premium

The View from Canberra: What does IS offer its fighters?

If it hasn’t already happened, there’s a chance that sooner or later a RAAF crew aboard a Super Hornet high over Iraq will release a weapon that obliterates a teenaged jihadist from western Sydney. Premium

The View from Canberra: Training deja vu

We’re sending trainers back into Iraq and back to the same sprawling base at Taji where members of the Australian Army Training team-Iraq operated almost a decade ago. Premium

Editorial: Land 400

Land 400 has begun in earnest with the release of the RFT earlier this year. Bids are due in the box in June. That gives defence industry about two more months from when you receive this edition of ADM to decide how they’re going to go about the program. Premium

The View from Canberra: Submarine procurement, then and now

Twenty years ago the government of the day was facing similar circumstances when it came to procuring a new submarine and new frigates. Premium

Editorial: Time for the Silent Service to make some noise

For a Sea Power edition of ADM you might find it a little strange that there is no feature article on anything to do with submarines, the topic de jour in the maritime world. This was a very deliberate decision on my part; the huge levels of uncertainty surrounding the program is almost paralysing. We do, however, have a news story on the following page updating readers on the state of play of the program and some of the responses to the path the government has outlined. Premium

The View from Canberra: A VIP fleet by any other name

When it comes to controversies over defence equipment, there's one that routinely tops all, far exceeding JSF, Collins submarines, air warfare destroyers and maybe even F-111s; the government's VIP aircraft fleet.

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Award for scientist behind troops' new combat ensemble

An Australian Army soldier from 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, demonstrates the Land 125 soldier combat ensemble at the Defence Materiel Organisation Land Engineering Agency proving ground test facilities in Monegeetta, Victoria, on 4 June 2015. Credit: Defence
Dr Mark Patterson has won the 2015 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for his significant contributions to meeting the increasing demands for the continued protection and wellbeing of Australian soldiers.