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Recent articles by Andrew:

Defence considered abandoning $50b French submarine deal

The Defence Department secretly considered walking away from the French submarine deal during protracted and at times bitter contract negotiations, and started drawing up contingency plans for the new fleet. → Read More

Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba heads to Iran as part of Operation Manitou

Australian sailors are deploying to the increasingly tense Strait of Hormuz for a maritime security mission, but could be diverted elsewhere in the Middle East if the security situation deteriorates. → Read More

Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell warns bushfire crisis could worsen while praising military's 'comforting' response

Angus Campbell thanks military personnel for providing a comforting presence to Australia's bushfire victims, while warning the worst of the crisis may still lie ahead. → Read More

Chinese Ambassador calls Uyghurs mass detention 'fake news', plays propaganda video

In a rare public appearance, China's ambassador to Australia fields questions for an hour and plays a propaganda video as he dismisses the mass detention of Muslims as fake news and promises to do more to ease tensions with Australia. → Read More

Defence insists it is looking after veterans forced to testify to secret war crimes inquiry

A lawyer for several elite Australian soldiers forced to give evidence to a secretive inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan says his clients haven't received any support. → Read More

Cost and time blowouts leave Defence projects running 57 years late

The cost of Australia's largest defence projects has soared by billions of dollars, and they are now facing a cumulative delay of 57 years, an audit reveals. → Read More

Australian commando Kevin Frost, who raised Afghanistan war crime allegations, found dead

Sergeant Kevin Frost, a fearless Australian commando who went public three years ago about his involvement in an alleged war crime in Afghanistan, has died. → Read More

Chinese-born billionaire Chau Chak Wing donating millions to Australian veterans

While political parties have stopped accepting his money, Chau Chak Wing is being hailed as a proud and generous Australian for donating more than $2 million to charities that help veterans. → Read More

Chinese fishing vessels suspected of increasingly common laser attacks on Australian military

Hand-held lasers are increasingly being used against Australian Defence Force assets, with military insiders blaming small Chinese maritime militia vessels for the dangerous tactic. → Read More

Torture fears grow for Australian pro-democracy writer shackled and isolated in a Chinese jail

Pro-democracy activist and Australian citizen Yang Hengjun has been held in China for most of this year and supporters fear he is being subjected to treatment that might be tantamount to torture. → Read More

Defence costs grow as US withholds compensation for destroyed $125m RAAF warplane

The Department of Defence is reviewing all major foreign military contracts after the United States declared it will not pay any compensation for a new Growler warplane which was destroyed by fire due to a faulty engine. → Read More

Chinese spying allegations increase pressure on national security community to claim scalps

The Australian Government has handed intelligence agencies a raft of new powers in recent years, but there's been little to show for it. Now the national security community is under pressure to claim scalps, Andrew Greene writes. → Read More

Government spruiks Australian defence boats while department buys Finnish ones

Australian defence companies were overlooked for a $55 million military boat contract at the same time the federal government was spruiking a similar local product. → Read More

$500m War Memorial expansion will help veterans' PTSD, outgoing boss says

Outgoing Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson says a half-billion-dollar expansion of the centre will help ease shell-shocked veterans' PTSD by having their military service properly recognised. → Read More

Australia struggling to contain Chinese political interference, US warns

A US Congressional report says Australia is having limited success in countering Chinese political interference and suggests new joint military training bases could be set up across the Indo-Pacific to thwart Beijing. → Read More

Chinese nationalists criticise Hong Kong's 'cockroaches', blaming the CIA for unrest

Chinese nationalists have rallied in central Hong Kong in support of besieged police officers and accused American spies of whipping up anti-Government sentiment in the former British colony. → Read More

Senior Defence bureaucrat accused of nepotism over lucrative contract

The Defence Department confirms a senior official personally awarded an almost $400,000 contract to an IT company where his son worked, bypassing the usual practice of putting the work out to a competitive tender. → Read More

Billion-dollar correction in Australia's Future Submarine budget blamed on 'typo'

A figure described inaccurately is being blamed for an apparent dramatic cost increase on Australia's most expensive defence project in history, the $50 billion Future Submarine program. → Read More

Chinese military scout Australia's submarine program during Sydney visit

Chinese naval officers have flown to Sydney to monitor high-level military discussions and examine cutting edge technology being adopted by the Australian Defence Force. → Read More

Have the French accidentally tweeted Australia's yet-to-be-announced submarine plans?

In a now-deleted tweet, a French company might have revealed Australia's closely-held submarine maintenance plans, suggesting work could soon be a thing of the past in Adelaide. → Read More