Military operations

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Civil defense rehearsals
Defence operations
Military exercises
Military strategy
Military training exercises
War games


Policy report

Rudiments of a space security policy framework

This paper scopes out the broader challenges to space exploration security that have galvanised as a result of space privatisation and fledgling space-based public-private partnerships.
Report

Lowy Institute poll 2022

This annual poll reveals that in 2022, Australians report feeling unsafe, and as the potential for conflict in our region feels more possible. Support for Australia’s alliance with the United States has returned to a record high, with the majority of Australians now supporting increased...
Briefing paper

Russia’s ill-fated invasion of Ukraine: lessons in modern warfare

This analysis examines lessons from Russian air, ground, cyber and other domains following Moscow’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. It asks: What are some of the most important military lessons from the first three months of the war? What do these lessons suggest about the...
Briefing paper

The first space-cyber war and the need for new regimes and policies

This policy brief makes the case that states should adopt national policies to defend against threats to space-based assets and applications, such as communications satellites, that are both vital to national security and economic security and increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Report

Russia’s war in Ukraine: identity, history, and conflict

This paper explains the erroneous assumptions that the Kremlin made about Ukrainian identity that informed its decision-making and laid the foundations for its war against Ukraine.
Policy report

Resolving global crises: the urgent need to revive multilateralism and re-think Australia’s role

This paper focuses on the report 'Our Common Agenda', arguably one of the most hard-hitting reports recently released by the United Nations to strengthen multilateralism to address a range of crises, and urges more robust Australian engagement with these processes.
Policy report

Dealing with the security crisis in Burkina Faso: development and civil society perspectives on crisis prevention

This paper seeks to explore the perspectives of actors affected by the current security crisis in Burkina Faso and by development and humanitarian interventions.
Report

Report of the Expert Review Group

This review considers whether the New Zealand Defence Force’s organisational structure and record-keeping and retrieval processes are in accordance with international best practice and sufficient to remove or reduce the possibility of the failings identified by the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and Related Matters.
Briefing paper

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide: introductory Defence briefing

The Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force, collectively known as Defence, have prepared this document as an introductory briefing paper to the Royal Commissioners. The paper provides background into the employment arrangements for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including the composition of the...
Report

Where did the US go so wrong in Afghanistan?

President Biden’s decision to finally withdraw US forces from Afghanistan was the correct decision and certainly overdue. However, the lack of preparation to do so orderly and safely was yet another terrible mistake in a string of mistakes that have plagued the US from day...
Report

The fall of Afghanistan: can the US be trusted any more?

US President, Joe Biden, has blamed the Afghan Government, its security forces, his predecessor Donald Trump, and the US intelligence community for the fall of Afghanistan. In this paper, Lindsay Hughes asks if the US can be trusted in other difficult situations, such as Taiwan?
Report

Australia and the growing reach of China’s military

War between Australia and China remains a remote possibility. But by its very nature, defence policy operates in the realm of low-probability, high-consequence events. This report argues that the sheer ability of the Chinese Army to project military force over long distances places pressure on...
Policy report

Afghanistan after the US withdrawal: how will its Indian neighbour respond?

In this paper, the author answers the questions what are India's strategic objectives now that the US has withdrawn from Afghanistan? And what options could it pursue in the future now that the Taliban is again on the march?
Report

Chinese disinformation efforts on social media

The Chinese military's focus on information warfare is expanding to include information operations on social media. This report describes how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) might direct social media disinformation campaigns against the United States and its armed forces, especially the U.S. Air Force
Discussion paper

Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss

Australia’s recent closure of its embassy in Kabul, and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, casts a deep shadow over Afghanistan’s future prospects. In this paper, leading expert on Afghanistan, William Maley, examines the implications for the Afghan nation...
Policy report

Australia’s South China Sea challenges

Australia’s current South China Sea policies are under strain from two sides. This briefing argues that Australia should advocate for regular Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) Leaders’ Summits and inclusion of China’s unlawful maritime claims and activities in the South China Sea on the agenda.
Report

Protecting innocents in combat

This paper discusses the use of humans as shields - that is, the use of innocent civilians by terrorist groups and other actors, to shield military objects from attack. Using human shields is a war crime, but it is still pervasive and used with impunity...
Report

Leaping across the ocean: the port operators behind China's naval expansion

The People’s Republic of China's (PRC) overseas investment in critical infrastructure poses a significant challenge to Australia and to other nations that don’t share China’s strategic interests. This report argues that Australia should adopt a whole-of-nation approach to safeguarding the resilience of critical infrastructure in...
Report

Myanmar’s latest coup: what is to be done?

The international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough sanctions to uncritical engagement. This paper concedes that there are no quick or easy answers to the complex questions surrounding modern Myanmar.
Draft report

The Biden Administration’s security challenges in the Gulf

The U.S. needs to make fundamental changes to its security efforts in the Persian/Arab Gulf and the Middle East. In this document, the author discusses the wide range of options available to the U.S, and how it can make progress in many areas in relation...