Australia Wants A Long-Range Strike Capability, But That Comes With Risks

In his recent two–part Strategist series, ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer made the case for Australia developing a long-range strike capability. I disagree, but my counterargument is not absolute: Australia ought to have the ability to sink ships thousands of kilometres from our shores, but we should renounce the ability to hit land targets at long range. The strategic weight of Australia and its ally the United States is diminishing in relative terms. The main reason is China, whose military rise will ensure that the US will cease to be the region’s hegemon. But for…

Strategist fleshes out how Australia can ‘deter China’

Paul Dibb has provided interesting insight and detail into how he believes Australia can leverage key relationships with the US and other allies, combined with the acquisition of next-generation platforms to adequately deter China should it become necessary. Deterrence theory is as old as warfare and international relations. While the methods have changed throughout history, the concept and doctrine remains constant, albeit, significantly more lethal.   Contemporary deterrence is best broken down into two distinct concepts as identified by US academic Paul Huth in his journal article ‘Deterrence and International Conflict: Empirical Findings and…

How Australia Can Defend Itself Against China’s Military

Two important military developments recently should give China pause for thought. The first one is the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal, which is about 300 kilometres south of Darwin, to lengthen the runway so that US B-52 strategic bombers as well as our own KC-30 air-to-air refuelling aircraft can operate from there. The second development is the announcement by the US State Department that Australia has been cleared, at a cost of about $1.4 billion,…

How Australia can deter China

Two important military developments recently should give China pause for thought. The first one is the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal, which is about 300 kilometres south of Darwin, to lengthen the runway so that US B-52 strategic bombers as well as our own KC-30 air-to-air refuelling aircraft can operate from there. The second development is the announcement by the US State Department that Australia has been cleared, at a cost of about $1.4 billion,…

Australia ups the ante to counter China

Message to Beijing, loud and clear. The friendly folks Down Under are stepping up their military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, and make no mistake, the crosshairs are entirely pointed at the growing power of China, says a special report from Prof. Paul Dibb at Real Clear Defense. The first action is the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a US$1.1 billion upgrade to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal, to lengthen the runway so that US B-52 strategic bombers as well as RAAF KC-30 air-to-air refuelling…

French submarine program ‘dangerously off track’, report urges Australia to consider nuclear alternative – Politics

Posted March 11, 2020 02:28:06 Photo: Australia is being urged to buy nuclear-powered submarines when it replaces its fleet of Collins class subs. (ADF) Australia’s $80 billion Future Submarine Program is “dangerously off track” according to a new report that urges the government to ditch the controversial project and consider a nuclear option. Key points: The report indicates there are fears the current project is at a high risk of failing The Defence Minister denies those fears and maintains the project remains on track Under a proposed ‘Plan B’ scenario,…

Australia should speak out on Chinese human rights abuses | The Canberra Times

news, latest-news, china, Australia-China Relations When it comes to accusations of human rights abuses, Chinese sensitivity towards Western criticisms is a cultural card Beijing does not tire of playing. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) bites back at the slightest supposed indiscretion by a foreign government, often threatening economic consequences in retaliation for a perceived insult. This deterrence tactic has had considerable success. However, China’s desire not to ‘lose face’ also presents opportunities. Late last month, Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced the appointment of board members for a new “National…

Australia reaches breakthrough deal to buy US emergency oil supplies

The need to bulk up oil supplies has grown increasingly acute recently because of the volatility in key shipping routes such as the Strait of Hormuz off Iran and the South China Sea. The deal, which involves leasing US storage facilities, means the government will not need to spend billions of dollars building expensive new storage facilities in Australia. Australia will now be able to tap fuel reserves in the United States in case of shortages.Credit:Bloomberg The oil stored in America will count towards Australia’s overall supply, allowing the government…

Australia shipbuilder closes in on $600m Philippine defense deal

MANILA — Australian shipbuilder Austal’s proposed $600 million sale of patrol vessels to the Philippine Navy has cleared a major hurdle after Manila agreed to resume loan negotiations with countries that backed a United Nations probe of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea lifted the suspension of negotiations for loans and grants from 18 countries that endorsed a resolution in July calling for an investigation of Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown, which has killed thousands of suspects and alarmed human rights activists. The suspension was lifted in a memo…

China increases surveillance in Pacific Ocean as Australia agree major upgrade to US base | World | News

The Australian Border Force (AFB) has confirmed it has been tracking a Chinese vessel for the past two months as it conducted deepwater research from eastern China to Western Australia. The ship identified as Xiang Yang Hong 01 has travelled more than 200 miles from the Java Sea to the Australian territory of Christmas Island. The Java Sea is an extension of the Indian Ocean and is one of the busiest shipping routes in Asia. The Australian territory of Christmas Island is located 1,616 miles north west of Perth and…