Saturday, November 1, 2014

THE PLAN FOR WAR IN IRAQ

So what will happen when the approval is finally given for our troops to enter Iraq.

One hint - it won't be quick.

It's unlikely we'll see diggers fighting like this

This piece for the Canberra Times examined why the war is unlikely to be over by Christmas . . .


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WILL AIRPOWER BE ENOUGH?

From close up the airpower in the Middle East is very impressive.

A terrific photo taken by some brilliant RAAF photographers last night

But, as I ask in my Tuesday column for the Canberra Times, is that going to be enough?


PAY 2 - THE BIG PICTURE

The second surprise for the forces is an early Christmas present.

"Better alignment of leave provisions to make it more equitable amongst the forces."

Look who's laughing now

Not everyone feels quite the same way, as this news story for the Canberra Times pointed out . . .


PAY 1 - PAY & ALLOWANCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The first blow was late Christmas present.

Some soldiers in the Middle East Area of Operations had their allowances cut.

HMAS Parramatta in the Gulf

I'm not getting involved in the argument about how dangerous it is to be at any particular location - this is simply about the issue of what the cuts to the allowances were all about.

It's in the Canberra Times Defence Supplement . . .


Sunday, October 26, 2014

SOLVING THE LONG WAR

 I wrote this after reading Peter Leahy's piece on the 'Long War' for ASPI. 

Peter Leahy at ASPI

It's worth reading. 

But also read the penultimate paragraph of this story. 

It's important we don't forget that this war isn't entirely the fault of interpretations of Islam, as I wrote it the Canberra Times . . . 

Friday, October 24, 2014

BIG IDEAS BUT NO MEDIA

I wrote this piece for the Strategist some time ago, while I was waiting to find out more on Iraq.

Peter Leahy's article

It looks at the vital strategic context of the war . . . 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CRAIG ORME

Craig Orme's last job was in charge of the Defence College.

The new one's in charge of the forces in the MEAO.

Craig Orme in AMAB

More importantly, he's been here on four occasions in the last four decades.

I did this profile for Tuesday's Canberra Times . . .