James Mugg

Research report

13 Apr 2017

This analysis of warship service life options comes at a time when Australia is planning to embark upon a substantial naval shipbuilding venture. It looks at the implications of warship service life for the overall cost-of-ownership and the operation of the Royal Australian Navy as...

Research report

14 Sep 2016


This paper examines the delivery of air warfare destroyers (AWDs) and the combat system to date, and explores what upgrades might be possible in the stated period.

Australia is about to spend a lot of money completing the current three AWDs,...

Research report

13 Jul 2016

Protecting the sovereignty of our maritime borders has never been more difficult than it is today. Australia must identify strategies for pre-positioning our finite maritime response capabilities in order to be able to respond promptly, effectively and efficiently to risks across our EEZ.


Research report

7 Jun 2016


The defence of Australia's interests is a core business of federal governments. Regardless of who wins the election on July 2, the incoming government will have to grapple with a wide range of security issues. This report provides a range of perspectives...


6 Apr 2016

The 2016 Defence White Paper (DWP 2016), released in February this year, was the third such document in a little under seven years—a notably shorter interval than has been the case since the release of the first back in 1976.

In this volume, we’ve...

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