Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. Ben was formerly a senior public servant in the Department of Defence, where he worked in the areas of strategic policy, intelligence assessment, international policy and capability development.
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Project LAND 400: defining the army

Defence’s most comprehensive, and expensive, package of land force modernisation is underway, at a cost of $50–70 billion. Nine complementary programs cover every area of land warfare, from personal equipment for the soldiers through to unmanned aerial vehicles, amphibious craft, special forces helicopters, digital networks...

Australia’s offshore patrol vessels: Missing an opportunity?

The acquisition of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to replace the Australian Navy's Armidale-class patrol boats under Project SEA 1180 has attracted little scrutiny or comment. It deserves more.