Military policy


21 Mar 2019

This paper argues that India requires Russia’s military and political support as a counter to the perceived threat that China poses.


18 Mar 2019

The audit objective was to examine whether the Department of Defence has effective and efficient sustainment arrangements for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates.

Working paper

6 Feb 2019

The fourth industrial revolution involves the continuous and cyclical flow of information and actions between the physical and digital worlds. This revolution can potentially create a hyper-connected defence-industry-research-academia ecosystem able to continually innovate.

Briefing paper

25 Jan 2019

The purpose of this briefing paper is to consider the capability and utility of contemporary Russian forces in relation to Vladimir Putin’s strategic goals. Specifically, this paper examines the critical role played by Russia’s 'new look' military force in the realization of Moscow’s political goals...

Discussion paper

18 Jan 2019

This Centre of Gravity discussion paper examines military expenses funding, arguing for direct war taxes and conscription or systems of national service.


10 Dec 2018

The development of modern air power is faced with a fundamental challenge, since the future is uncertain and air forces need a long lead-time to build. Much effort and significant resources could be expended, with no assurance that an air force so built will be...


5 Dec 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Defence’s preparations for the introduction of the Joint Strike Fighter into Australian service and its subsequent sustainment.


20 Nov 2018

This report argues that if American policymakers can make sound decisions about how to evolve the capabilities, operating concepts and posture of their armed forces, and embed these in sensible policies for the region, a balance of power can be sustained.


18 Oct 2018

The US military presence in the Middle East is the culmination of a common bargain with Middle Eastern governments - security cooperation and military assistance in exchange for US access to military bases in the region. Despite significant financial expenditure and thousands of lives lost,...


11 Sep 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness and value for money of Defence’s acquisition of light protected vehicles, under Defence project Land 121 Phase 4.


6 Jul 2018

This document provides the findings of a review by Sir Brian Roche KNZM to assess Defence's ability to deliver capability investments effectively.


29 May 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of Defence’s arrangements for delivering selected non-platform sustainment.

Briefing paper

24 May 2018

The 2018–19 defence budget continues to deliver the vision set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper. In 2018–19, the government is increasing the defence budget towards its commitment of 2% of GDP by 2020–21.


23 May 2018

This strategy is designed to give practical support and assistance to the men and women who need it, so they can be well and independent, and achieve the best that they can for themselves, their whānau, and their communities.


21 May 2018

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.


10 May 2018

This is the final report from the inquiry investigating the impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities.

Discussion paper

3 May 2018

This issues paper has been released by the Productivity Commission to assist participants in preparing a submission to the inquiry into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans.


17 Apr 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of Defence’s implementation of the First Principles Review.


13 Apr 2018

Is there any basis to all this base talk? On the Australian side, everyone from the prime minister down expresses “great concern” about a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu.

Briefing paper

10 Apr 2018

For Australia, both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities are now an essential component of our nation’s military arsenal, and a necessary step to ensure that we keep up with global players.



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