Call for a New Approach to Shaping an Australian Defense and Security Strategy: The Perspective of Rear Admiral (Retired) Kevin Scarce

10/17/2019
At the 45th Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture delivered this week in Adelaide, Rear Admiral (Retired) Kevin Scarce provided his perspective of the need for Australia to shape an “integrated and wholistic approach” to the threats facing Australia. And in so doing argued that without a broader public engagement this would…

21st Century Authoritarians Carve Up Syria

10/15/2019
By Robbin Laird Syria is being controlled by Russia and Turkey, two elements of the rise of 21st century authoritarianism. While the EU discusses and while the United States retreats or whatever it is doing, Turkey and Russia are shaping the territory from which the migration crisis is holding Europe…

The Evolution of the Indo-Pacific Over the Next Five Years: Implications for Australian Defense

10/13/2019
By Robbin Laird Recently, I attended the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy’s Seapower conference being held in Sydney from October 8th through the 10th, 2019. The conference provided insights into two major questions: What is the development trajectory of the Royal Australian Navy over the decade ahead? And what…

Shaping an Enhanced Japanese-Australian Military Alliance: The First Joint Air Exercise

10/12/2019
With Exercise Bushido Guardian, the Royal Australian Air Force has conducted its first joint air exercise with the Japanese. The exercise is part of the expanded working relationship in defense agreed upon in 2017. The opening of the exercise was highlighted in an article by Corporal Vevornica O'Hara published on…

China Working on Fielding Electromagnetic Weapons: An Indian Perspective

09/17/2019
By Debalina Ghoshal There is no doubt that China is working on sophisticated weapon systems. While China is modernising its nuclear forces, it is also not neglecting its conventional firepower. For example, China is working on electromagnetic technologies with the objective of fielding electromagnetic weapons for its ground, naval forces…

The International Fighter Conference, 2019: Networked Lethality and Shaping an “Integrated Distributed Force”

09/03/2019
Last year’s International Fighter Conference provided a chance for the participants and the attendees to focus on the role of fighters in what we have been calling the strategic shift, namely, the shift from the land wars to operating in higher intensity operations against peer competitors. It is clear that combat…

Reinvigorating the US-Australian Alliance: How Trump and Morrison Could Do More Than Just Have Dinner

08/31/2019
When President Trump arrived in Japan for the G-20 earlier this summer he had dinner with the newly elected Australian Prime Minister. He was especially keen to understand how the PM pulled off an upset victory. Now the President will host the Australian PM for dinner next month in the…