National Security Research Division

RAND released a report providing in-depth analysis of Australia's domestic shipbuilding capabilities. The work closely examined Australia's shipyards, workers and suppliers. The study was commissioned to help government policymakers and the Australian Department of Defence make informed acquisition decisions about Australia's next generation of naval surface ships.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The USA Freedom Act: The Definition of a Compromise

    May 29, 2015

    The USA Freedom Act's fate — and the future of certain surveillance provisions in the USA Patriot Act — are far from certain. The Senate is expected to take up the matter on May 31, the day before those provisions are scheduled to expire.

  • Will Putin Gamble All on a Broader Ukraine Invasion?

    May 26, 2015

    If the Kremlin is contemplating further action in Ukraine, it faces a tough choice. The decision could have an enduring impact on Russia's fortunes.

  • Land Power and a Third Offset Through a Wide-Angle Lens

    May 21, 2015

    The so-called “third offset” is intended to guide U.S. defense strategy. The right way to view it is as part of a comprehensive vision for competitive advantage, one in which land power, often minimized in offset analyses, can play a central role.

  • Book Review: 'God Is Not Here,' by Bill Russell Edmonds

    May 19, 2015

    'God Is Not Here' shows how not to send a soldier to war. The experience is searing and often brutal, and only a well-led, well-trained, cohesive unit can help servicemen and servicewomen do their duty and survive both mentally and physically.

  • China's Island-Building Stirs Fears, but Creates Openings for the United States

    May 18, 2015

    News of proposed Navy patrols nearby disputed islands claimed by China suggests that the United States is toughening its response to Beijing's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea.

  • A Conservative Ambition for the Defence of the United Kingdom

    May 14, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron and his new Cabinet are spending their first days in office articulating a policy and legislative agenda, to be delivered in the form of the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on 27 May. National strategy and defence are certain to feature on that agenda.

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