The Defence Minister was forced to come out fighting late last week as news about the Navy's replenishment ships and a Spanish build leaked out before any announcement by the Government. Though well known within Defence that Australia lacked the necessary infrastructure for a build of such ships, the incident was enough to stir already inflamed tensions in South Australia.
The Air Power Conference was all the rage in Canberra this week with the theme of multi-domain integration front and centre – for a fascinating (if not long-winded) definition of what this is see ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing's summary piece.
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