defence

middle east December 12, 2020

The impact of Australian war crimes on Afghans

As Afghan civilians make sense of the Brereton inquiry, one family details how an Australian raid killed three of their relatives – including a 14-year-old boy.

defence December 5, 2020

Morrison overrides ADF chief

Defence experts warn of a split between the government and the military after the prime minister intervened to override the chief of the Defence Force’s decision to revoke the meritorious unit citation awarded to Australian special forces who served in Afghanistan.

defence November 28, 2020

Doubts raised over ADF reports

Amid the Brereton report’s findings that military reports have been ‘routinely embellished’, the IGADF is reassessing concerns raised by David Savage, a civilian who sustained serious injuries during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in 2012.

defence November 21, 2020

How ‘prestige, status and power’ led to Australia’s war crimes

Commanders were told about possible war crimes being committed by Australian soldiers but dismissed the warnings as ‘Taliban propaganda’.

defence July 4, 2020

Cold War: ‘Grey zone’ to define relations with China

A strategic defence update highlights ‘coercive tactics’ that skirt the threshold of armed conflict but justify a huge weapons build-up by Australia.

defence May 26, 2018

Britain lobbies Defence to take risk on warships

The British government is employing diplomatic pressure over a $35 billion warship contract, despite the design existing only on paper.

defence May 5, 2018

Cabinet split on Dutton’s ASD plan

As critics leak against Peter Dutton’s plan to employ the Signals Directorate against Australians, the minister defends the powers as necessary.

defence March 10, 2018

ASIO changes hidden in ‘sloppy’ amendments process

As questions continue over new powers for the Home Affairs Department, a suite of legislative amendments goes missing.

defence February 3, 2018

A call to arms sales

The government’s desire to see Australia become a weapons powerhouse has brought howls of protest from humanitarian groups, and eerie silence from the Opposition.

defence January 27, 2018

Australia and drone warfare

As a former chief of army predicts that joint strike fighters will be the military’s last manned aircraft, what checks will prevent civilian deaths by drones?

defence December 16, 2017

The HMAS Newcastle hazing aftermath

When a 2011 prank against a Royal Australian Navy seaman turned into a case of alleged sexual assault, it put in train years of courts-martial hearings and disputed processes.