Hypersonic missiles are just the start if Australia is to secure its sovereignty

Hypersonic missiles are just the start if Australia is to secure its sovereignty

Australia must acquire more missiles with greater range and better launch platforms to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  • byMick Ryan

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More troops for nuclear submarines,cyber in $38 billion Defence Force expansion

More troops for nuclear submarines,cyber in $38 billion Defence Force expansion

The number of army,air force and navy personnel will rise to 80,000 by 2040 to help Australia face future threats,the Prime Minister said.

  • byRachel Clun
$10b plan for nuclear submarine base under fire over timing,potential site

$10b plan for nuclear submarine base under fire over timing,potential site

Labor claims the move is a ploy to get a headline while others say Sydney would be a better location than the official options of Brisbane,Newcastle or Port Kembla.

  • byDavid Crowe
Cyber soldiers and the final frontier will influence the next war. Is Australia ready?
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Cyber soldiers and the final frontier will influence the next war. Is Australia ready?

In the final part of our special series on Australia’s preparedness for war,we explore cyber spies,criminal hackers and the threat of counter-attacks in space.

  • byAnthony Galloway
‘Pathetically undergunned’:The navy’s nuclear dilemma
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‘Pathetically undergunned’:The navy’s nuclear dilemma

The navy has spent billions on new surface ships,but experts warn they’re all but useless against China. Modern naval warfare will be won underwater – and time’s running out for Australia to be ready.

  • byAnthony Galloway
Is Australia ready for war? The army’s battle for relevance
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Is Australia ready for war? The army’s battle for relevance

In the first of a four-part series exploring Australia’s preparedness for war,we examine the army’s role in modern combat – and why the nation still spends billions of dollars on tanks.

  • byAnthony Galloway
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Australia commits to $3.5 billion tank purchase from the US
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Australia commits to $3.5 billion tank purchase from the US

The purchase has ignited debate in defence circles about the utility of tanks in modern combat.

  • byAnthony Galloway
Navy’s newest officers will one day serve on nuclear-powered submarines

Navy’s newest officers will one day serve on nuclear-powered submarines

“Our navy is more capable,more professional and more lethal than it has ever been,” Thursday’s graduates were told.

  • byTim Barlass
Abbott calls for Australia to use retiring nuclear-powered submarines as training boats

Abbott calls for Australia to use retiring nuclear-powered submarines as training boats

The former PM says he’s been canvassing the idea in the US of Australia acquiring some older-model nuclear submarines “within months,rather than decades”.

  • byAnthony Galloway
Australia’s ageing submarine fleet could still be operating in 2050s while waiting for nuclear boats

Australia’s ageing submarine fleet could still be operating in 2050s while waiting for nuclear boats

Vice Admiral Mike Noonan confirmed the six Collins-class submarines,which were built in the 1980s and early 1990s,might need to undergo two complete rebuilds over the coming decades.

  • byAnthony Galloway
‘Clumsy,deceitful and costly’:Turnbull slams handling of nuclear submarine decision
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‘Clumsy,deceitful and costly’:Turnbull slams handling of nuclear submarine decision

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has warned Australia will need to develop a nuclear industry to maintain its proposed fleet of submarines and lashed its treatment of France.

  • byAnthony Galloway andPeter Hartcher