Archive 18


ASPI – “‘Forward Defence” in Depth for Australia’: Part 2

Part 2 of a 3-part discussion by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (as previously reported on by APCML here). In part 2, it is suggested that “forward defence in depth” means developing and enhancing existing cooperation with Southeast Asian and South Pacific partner states. The author, Dr Malcolm Davis, argues that: The overriding objective should be to improve […]

“ADF’s Iraq War Secrets Revealed in Newly Declassified Report”

ABC News reported this week on the contents of a previously-classified ADF report detailing the logistical problems faced by Australian troops in Iraq 15 years ago. The 156-page document identifies, inter alia, that frontline troops often went without crucial battle supplies, and that military commanders struggled to bring together the personnel required. The research was compiled by Dr Albert Palazzo […]

Challenging UK approval of arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia

A new post on the EJIL: Talk! blog by Associate Professor Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne analyses the English Court of Appeal’s grant of leave to appeal the High Court’s ruling earlier this year concerning the government’s continued approval of licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The grounds of appeal challenge, inter alia, the Secretary of State’s conclusion that there […]

ASPI – “‘Forward Defence” in Depth for Australia’: Part 1

Part 1 of a 3-part discussion by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute considering China’s increasing involvement in the South Pacific – particularly through the Belt and Road Initiative – and its implications for Australian security. In Part 1, it is suggested that Australia should contemplate updating its military strategy to one of “forward defence in depth” throughout […]

“Black Market” Professional Military Education?

A recent article republished on the Small Wars Journal considers the rise of independent Professional Military Education (PME) providers, who are credited with filling gaps in formal military education programs. The author argues that a current focus on “credentialing” is taking place within traditional armed forces, and suggests that this trend may be harming the flexibility and adaptability […]

How Much will the US Space Force Cost?

The Centre for Strategic & International Studies recently released a new brief considering how much the Trump administration’s recently announced Space Branch (as previously reported on by APCML) might conceivably cost. The analysis considers three distinct structural options, and estimates that the total annual budget for the new service may conceivably range from $11.3 to $21.5 billion. The […]

In related news, Defence Connect contemplates the development of US strategy in this broad area, and Australia’s potential to play a distinct role within it.

“The Trump Administration is Militarising the Whole Planet”

A republished story on War is Boring by US Army strategist and former West Point instructor Major Danny Sjursen argues that American militarism is having deleterious flow-on effects across the globe. In related news, a recent article published by the South China Morning Post details China’s advances in its efforts to catch up with the West’s military capabilities by […]

Naval Power: “The Fisher Model in the 21st Century”

A new article published by War on the Rocks considers the “Fisher Model” of naval influence, and its implications for maritime powers such as the US as they determine how to project power ashore in contested waters in the 21st century. The Fisher Model derives from a concept designed by Admiral Sir John Fisher, who confronted the challenge […]

New ICRC blog post: “Administration of Justice by Armed Groups”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog highlights some of the most important issues on this topic, as recently highlighted by a new report by Geneva Call, including the ability of armed non-state actors to carry out judicial processes. The post particularly focuses on the prosecution of foreign fighters by certain groups in […]

New ICRC blog post: “The Potential Human Cost of Cyber Operations”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog examines the rapid evolution of cyber operations, ahead of an expert meeting on the topic organised by the ICRC. Issues considered include human impacts of cyber operations; implications during armed conflict; and protections afforded by IHL [...]

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