Welcome to the Australia Defence Association. (www.ada.asn.au)
Since 1975 the ADA has been Australia's independent and non-partisan national public-interest watchdog organisation covering:
- strategic security,
- defence, and
- wider national security issues.
Defending the long-term public interest
We seek to represent the long-term public interest in helping ensure Australia is strategically and domestically secure.
Including that current and future Australians are adequately defended.
Our public-interest oversight primarily focuses on parliamentary, ministerial and governmental accountability for the effective formulation and execution of strategic and wider national security policy.
This includes the consequent capabilities, tasking and operations of:
the Australian Defence Force, and
Australia's six intelligence and security-intelligence agencies.
It also involves monitoring and assisting the effectiveness of their supporting departments.Who we areWhat we doWhat we believeWhat we support
Afghanistan withdrawal, strategic risks from China and Peter Dutton as new Minister for Defence
"Politics with Michelle Grattan": Discussion with the ADA's Neil James on Afghanistan withdrawal, strategic…
Australia's primary focus needs to be on preventing future war crimes
Australia's (not just the ADF's) focus must be on preventing future war crimes by ADF personnel. Not…
Much public debate on the Brereton Inquiry is reversing reality
Criticising a CDF (& Minister) for implementing the recommendations of the independent Brereton Inquiry…
A range of accountabilities for unlawful activities in Afghanistan
Why breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict in Afghanistan by some Australian Special Forces personnel…
Over-use of Special Forces, at Government direction, was a contributor to operational and moral exhaustion
The role of political imperatives in driving Special Forces operational tempos in Afghanistan needs…
Defence Force Response to Emergencies
ADA submission: Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Defence…
What strategic risks does Australia now face?
What strategic risks does Australia now face? Can Australia be defended? Can we afford to do it or not…