View From Canberra: The case for JTACs in Syria

Australian Army trainer Captain Fin Bourke moves with an Iraqi Army soldier as he enters a building during training at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq. Credit: Defence

Tony Abbott has a point. Bombing the heck out of Islamic State forces would be a whole lot more effective if there were some Australian special forces dispatched into Syria.

View From Canberra: The politics of Australian shipbuilding

HMAS Success is due for replacement sooner rather than later. Credit: Defence

Anyone who’s spent time around politics gets to know the lightbulb moment and such was the case on August 22, 2013 when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd toured the Williamstown dockyard where BAE Systems was fitting out the first of the navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships.


Defence Business: Abbott’s army | ADM November 2013

Tony Abbott has become Australia’s 28th Prime Minister, leading the Coalition back into government. Premium

Defence Business: What’s on the skilling horizon? | ADM March 2012

At Pacific 2012, Skills Australia released a Discussion Paper as the first part of their work on a Defence Industry Workforce Strategy. Now it’s time for industry to have their say. Premium

Project Review: The year that was: Project Review 2011 | ADM Dec 2011 / Jan 2012

In this overview of Defence equipment projects we have resorted to favouring those we found of interest rather than the merits of their progress through the Defence acquisition labyrinth. Premium

Defence Business: Then, now and tomorrow: Wayne Mapp discusses Defence | ADM Dec 2011 / Jan 2012

Dr Wayne Mapp was NZ’s Minister of Defence for three years to 2011 when he retired from Parliament. Shortly before last November’s general election he discussed the portfolio with ADM. Premium

News Review: Defence bid for C-IED minesweepers? | ADM Dec 2011 / Jan 2012

Defence is understood to be seeking urgent approval for the purchase of mine detecting vehicles under JP 154 Phase 3 for use in Afghanistan to counter the threat of roadside improvised explosive device (IEDs). Premium

Minister sums up Defence Trade Controls Bill

Will the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011, make it easier for to the Australian Defence Industry to deal with the US?

Summing up to Parliament on the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011, Jason Clare said the Bill gives effect to the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty between Australia and the US. Premium

Australian Industry Capability Plans to be made public

Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare has announced a major reform to all future major Defence acquisition projects.

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare yesterday announced that the details of the Australian Industry Capability Plans for all future major Defence acquisition projects will be made public. Premium

Legislation to implement the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare introduced the Australia – United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty into Parliament this week.

The Australia - United States Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty is one step closer to implementation following the introduction into Parliament of the Defence Trade Controls Bill 2011. Premium

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Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence
The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.