Confusion reigns in discussions about the cost of the Department of Defence’s equipment projects. This report attempts to be a guide for the perplexed. It’s not a technical manual, but a plain-English discussion that unpacks the cost of Australian defence equipment projects.
This report examines the AUKUS announcement and the cancellation of the agreement with Naval Group to build the Attack-class boats, in addition to providing an update on the Department of Defence's accountability and transparency.
The Senate Economics References Committee has produced this interim report because it has become increasingly concerned about the status of the Future Submarine Program (FSP) and the Department of Defence's lack of responsiveness, in terms of providing information on the project.
This 2020 Force structure plan details the Australian government’s intentions for new and adjusted Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability investments to implement the new strategic objectives in the 2020 Defence strategic update.
This strategic update sets out the challenges in Australia’s strategic environment and their implications for defence planning. It provides a new, strategic policy framework to ensure Australia is able to deploy military power to shape our environment, deter actions against our interests and, when required...
This report proposes a way for the Australian government to acquire maritime war-fighting capability quickly and affordably while promoting Australian industry and the continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.
This document outlines the Australian government's ambitions and aspirations, and establishes the overall science and technology (S&T) priorities for Defence. This strategy seeks to ensure the national S&T enterprise is nurtured and leveraged to achieve scale in the resources that are applied to research problems.
This review will offer an opportunity to strengthen the delivery of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), clarify its role and assess its capacity to continue to support small and regional businesses looking to enter the defence market or grow their industry footprint.
This fact sheet highlights the regional and national military expenditure data for 2019 and trends over the decade 2010–19. The data is from the updated SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, which provides military expenditure data by country for the years 1949–2019.
The change of focus to strategic competition is an inflection point for America's special operations forces. This paper experts explain how policymakers must give clear policy guidance and make decisions about ongoing conflicts and priorities to use these forces effectively.
This independent performance audit in the Department of Defence considers the current phase of design and construction of 12 new submarines (the ‘Future Submarine’ fleet) the largest Defence procurement in Australia's history.
This report argues that America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain. It suggests that a strategy of collective defence is fast becoming necessary as a way of offsetting shortfalls in...
This paper contends that an influence operations model will enable the Australian Air Force to focus on how to give priority to the strategic effects that it can deliver for government and to creatively reframe its thinking about how best to use the tools available...
This paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a rational...
In this paper, three of Australia’s leading strategists and defence practitioners from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, make the case for bold, new strategic thinking and imagination in Australian defence policy.