"Defender": Winter 2003

The complete issue may be downloaded here. Individual pdf versions of key commentary, articles and reviews may be downloaded below. The Major Furphy column may be downloaded separately from the Major Furphy page.


Capability, capacity and sustainability: The need for capability, capacity and sustainability in the ADF


A Gunsmoke and Mirrors approach continues with the 2003/04 defence budget

The Darkening Ecliptic: Department of Defence public affairs staffs continue to fail the ADF, the media, the public and the long-term national interest

Rooting Out Terrorists from the Verbiage: The new ASIO Act is becalmed in the Senate by lack of commonsense. All parties should readdress their positions and support the bill.

Counting them All Out and Counting Them All Back: We need to take the politics out of farewelling and welcoming home ADF contingents sent overseas

The ADF needs to be configured to defend national interests as well as national territory

It is high time for an integrated National Security Green Paper not separate defence, foreign affairs and trade documents

The new Defence and Security Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is a good first step but we really need a National Security Council not just a bureaucratic approach

Garnering Disaster: Poor US planning for the occupation and rebuilding of Iraq will lead to disaster

Fragmentasi: To understand the problem of Aceh we need to acknowledge the differing foundation myths of Indonesia and Australia

Japan is steadily adopting the defence stance of conventional great powers

The Eccentricity of Hermits: The continuing problem of North Korea has no easy or swift diplomatic, strategic or military remedies

A Firm Base for an Argument: Much public debate on the real issues concerning Joint Australian-US bases in Australia is again being obscured by emotion, myth and ignorance

Ducking Criticism: The ABC, bias in broadcasting and the national strategic problems these cause


Defending the Unprepared by Peter Ryan

Lessons from the Iraq War by Michael O'Connor

Securing Australia in 2003: The Need for an Integrated Approach by Neil James
(ADA Address to the Homeland Security Conference 2003)

An Indonesian Perspective on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism by Professor Hasjim Djalal

Strategy from the Armchair by Professor Stewart Woodman

The Strategic Value of Taiwan by Ambassador Hisahiko Okazaki

A Tribute to Michael O'Connor by Dr Brian Ridge

The Changing of the Guard at the ADA by Patrick Gallagher


Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson
(reviewed by Michael O'Connor)

Mad Harry: Australia's Most Decorated Soldier by George Franki and Clyde Slatyer
(reviewed by Michael O'Connor)

Gallipoli: The Turkish Story by Kevin Fewster, Vecihi Ballarin and Hatice Hurmuz
(reviewed by Michael O'Connor)