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The Return of Direct Defense in Europe: The Challenges for Germany

02/17/2019We have been looking at the strategic shift for the liberal democracies from a primary focus on the land wars in the Middle East to the challenge of dealing with crisis management involving peer competitors who can engage in force-on-force conflict. We have done so both with regard to the Pacific and with regard to… Download PDF Now »
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RAAF Wedgetail Returns Home from the Middle East

02/16/2019After drawing down the bulk of its engagement in their forces operating in the Middle East, the RAAF has rotated their advanced air battle management aircraft or their advanced tanker… Read more »

A Last Hurrah for RAAF Hornets at Red Flag

02/16/2019The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a contingent of approximately 370 personnel to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for Exercise Red Flag 19-1, which took place from 22… Read more »

German Defense Policy at a Crossroads: The Tornado Successor Issue

02/15/2019By Karl Müllner and Klaus-Peter Stieglitz The successor to the Tornado fighter jets is about Germany’s NATO contribution to credible deterrence. The government has ruled out the most advanced weapons system… Read more »

RAAF F-35s Commence Flight Operations

02/14/2019F-35A aircraft commenced scheduled flying operations at RAAF Base Williamtown during the last week of January 2019. The two aircraft from No 3 Squadron began a phase of operations designed… Read more »

Japanese Chief of Staff for Maritime Self Defense Force Visits the Australian Navy

02/14/2019Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN hosted Chief of Staff for the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, Admiral Yutaka Murakawa in Sydney for a Counterpart Visit on… Read more »

Strategic Partnering Agreement for the Future Submarine Program  

02/14/2019On February 11, 2019 the Government announced the formal signing of the Strategic Partnering Agreement for the Future Submarine Program between Defence and Naval Group.  The signing, held at Russell… Read more »
In Briefs

RAAF Support to North Queensland

02/18/2019The Australian Defence Force assisted Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the delivery of urgently needed fresh product and household items to flood ravaged North Queensland.  Due to these extreme weather… Read more »

Italian AV-8B Harrier Takes Off From Kearsarge

02/18/2019An Italian AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).  Kearsarge is on a scheduled deployment as part of the… Read more »

Australian Army Relief Support in Australia

02/16/2019Due to the effects of the unprecedented weather event in Northern Queensland on farmers and their livestock in the region, The Australian Defence Force has been asked to provide critical… Read more »

Sec of State Pompeo in Slovakia: The Legacy of 1989

02/14/2019The Legacy of 1989: Courage to be Free – Discussion with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 02.12.2019 Courtesy Video U.S. Department of State  Read more »

RAAF C-27J in Aussie Disaster Relief

02/14/2019On 9th February 2019, No. 35 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley was called in to start supporting the North Queensland flood relief effort from Mount Isa.  Two Royal Australian Air… Read more »