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Australia. Australian Defence Force

Report

02 Nov 2017

While much public attention has been given to the acquisition of Australia’s new submarines and frigates, the acquisition of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to replace the Armidale-class patrol boats under Project SEA 1180 has attracted much less scrutiny or comment. It deserves more.

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19 Oct 2017

The committee is investigating how the increased investment in defence will deliver benefits and opportunities for regional economies and communities. It is looking at what mechanisms are in place to ensure local business is aware of and ready to be considered for opportunities, businesses which...

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15 Oct 2017

Strategic risk is a grey area in which governments need to make critical assessments of capability, motive and intent. Over recent decades, judgements in this area have relied heavily on the conclusion that the capabilities required for a serious assault on Australia simply did...

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Guide

13 Oct 2017

Since late August 2017, there have been renewed allegations of systematic human rights abuses by Myanmar (also ‘Burma’) security forces conducting counter-insurgency and so-called ‘clearance operations’ against Rohingya militants in Rakhine State. The security operations followed coordinated...

Research report

20 Sep 2017

Australian military operations in Iraq commenced in August 2014 as part of the International Global Coalition to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A year later, on 9 September 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would expand its military commitment from Iraq...

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11 Sep 2017

A key focus of this report is investigating whether regions, local communities and businesses have sufficient awareness of and effective access to information about the plans to upgrade Defence training facilities so that they can be in a position to offer goods and services.

In addition...

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22 Aug 2017

In Case Study 40 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses of the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Defence) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to allegations of child sexual abuse arising within:

• HMAS Leeuwin (Leeuwin) between...

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Audio interview

17 Aug 2017

A bi-partisan Senate committee is urging the Turnbull Government to urgently overhaul the care provided to veterans following a long-running inquiry into veteran suicide. The report, titled 'Constant Battle,' reveals that 325 ADF former personnel have...

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Research report

16 Aug 2017

The internationally collaborative and generally synchronous Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program offers an opportunity to compare procurement oversight between different partner nations. In democracies, parliamentary oversight plays an important role in public accountability and transparency....

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15 Aug 2017

This was a very large and complex inquiry with terms of reference which could easily have taken multiple reports to cover. Rather than produce a number of reports, the committee has sought to table this report as soon as possible. The clear message to the committee was that immediate as well as...

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11 Jul 2017

Defence materiel sustainment is about the maintenance and support of Defence’s fleets of specialist military equipment: the provision of in-service support for naval, military and air platforms, fleets and systems operated by Defence. Effective sustainment of naval, military and air assets is...

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30 Jun 2017

This in-brief report summarises results on the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel using fifteen years of data and identifies characteristics that may be associated with risk of suicide.

In 2001–2015 there were 325 certified suicide...

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Briefing paper

25 May 2017

This report, prepared by Mark Thomson, gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Defence Budget and promotes informed debate on Defence budget issues.

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Strategy

16 May 2017

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for an Australian-wide naval shipbuilding enterprise, ending the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry. This will provide certainty to local businesses and shipbuilding workers.

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Journal article

16 Mar 2017

The cyber threat to Australia’s Department of Defense (DoD) is not only information security, but includes preventing its platforms from being crippled. This threat is increasing and Australia is not keeping pace with its allies. Since 2009, the United States has used test and evaluation (T&...

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Research report

21 Dec 2016

Earlier this year ASPI hosted a roundtable discussion on the strategic, technological and force structure adjustments that must be made so that the Australian Army can successfully adapt to the challenges, and exploit the opportunities, of cyberspace. The roundtable was a closed-door discussion...

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Research report

30 Nov 2016

There is strong and increasing public interest in, and concern about, the incidence of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. A study undertaken by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare calculates, for the first time, accurate rates of suicide...

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Working paper

30 Sep 2016

The fifth Chief of Air Force Occasional Paper examines the key issues associated with contemporary armed unmanned aircraft. Such aircraft are programmed for acquisition in the 2016 Defence White Paper.  The paper was written both to inform the debate on the utility of such capabilities and...

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Audio program

11 Aug 2016

The Prime Minister held a media conference late this morning where he announced a review into the suicide and self-harm prevention services available to defence personnel, veterans and their families. He promised that one of the sites for a suicide prevention trial will be in Townsville and...

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03 Aug 2016

We've heard a lot about the high rate of Indigenous incarceration in Australia in recent times, but there's another group in society who are also getting locked up at an alarming rate: returned servicemen.

Australian veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq are experiencing high rates of...

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