The Australian Defence Minister Visits the UK: July 2019

07/10/2019
Recently, the new Australian Defence Minister visited the UK to discuss common ground as the two regional powers discussed ways to enhance their collaboration in the period ahead. In an article by Stephen Kuper published on July 10, 2019, the focus of the Minister’s visit to the UK was the…

Post-Global Hawk Shoot-down: Next US Moves With Regard to Iran

06/26/2019
By Lt. General (Retired) Deptula After the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down an unmanned and unarmed U.S. Navy surveillance drone last week, President Trump exercised significant restraint, calling off a planned kinetic strike against the offending surface-to-air missile (SAM) launch site. Many—including the Iranian leadership—expected to see a retaliatory attack in…

The Return of Geography: The Central Role of Air-Seapower Integration for Post-Brexit Britain

06/17/2019
By Robbin Laird During my most recent visit to London, a senior defense official flat out stated: “With the return of geography, the focus needs to be clearly on our Northern and Southern Flanks, and this means the emphasis needs to be placed upon air-naval integration. "The Royal Navy and…

The Evolving Dynamic Missile Threat: A European Response

06/17/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - Western allies face the threat of a wide range of Chinese and Russian ballistic missiles and cruise weapons, while North Korea and Iran look to their missile capability to back up claims to regional power. The nature of the development of Chinese and Russian missile…

Calouste Gulbenkian: “The Art of the Deal”

06/16/2019
By Kenneth Maxwell Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was known during his lifetime as "Mr. Five Per Cent.” This was after his personal share of Middle East oil. He has remained a very elusive historical individual, a spider at the heart of a veritable global web, an oilman and financier, who…

Shaping the Way Ahead for Australian Defense Science and Technology: The Perspective of the DST Organization

06/10/2019
By Brendan Nicholson Australia’s new chief defence scientist says she has taken on the role at a time when the Australian Defence Force is becoming increasingly receptive to game-changing capabilities. ‘That, to me, is really critical’, Professor Tanya Monro says. A physicist, Monro was working in Britain 15 years ago…

Competitive Cross-Learning: The 21st Century Authoritarian Powers and the Liberal Democracies

05/12/2019
By Robbin Laird The Trump Administration's National Security Strategy underscored the return of great power competition. By so doing, they did focus much more on the world as it is, rather than the last Administration which focused more on the world one might wish existed. But neither really capture the…