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Australian border security and unmanned maritime vehicles

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. This special...

Upgrade or replace: a cost comparison of Australian warship service lives

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...

The next big grey thing - choosing Australia's future frigate

The federal government is close to making a decision on the $35 billion Future Frigate program. This paper sets out the issues the government will be taking into account and assesses each of the contenders against antisubmarine performance, project risk, industrial strategy and cost.

Agenda for change 2016: strategic choices for the next government

Overview 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 on selected...

AWD combat system: an upgrade for the Aegis

Overview 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, only to turn...

Defence White Paper 2016: The Strategist decides

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.