Mike Scrafton

Mike Scrafton

Mike Scrafton is a former senior Australian Defence executive, former CEO of a state statutory body, and former chief of staff and ministerial adviser to the Australian Minister for Defence.

OPINION | What war will we need Manus for?

The recent announcements about Australian and US investment in a base at Lombrum on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea has elicited positive, yet guarded, support. Putting aside the real value to PNG of being able to deploy patrol boats there to police its territorial waters, the acceptance of the strategic value to Australia and the opportunity costs of building a major facility suited to military operations in a conflict in the Asia–Pacific seem largely unexamined.

FEATURE | Hunting for the reason – Australia's new frigates

Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper stated that the country's nine new future frigates would be "optimised for anti-submarine warfare". According to the Australian Government, they will be, "one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates". It stands to reason, hopefully, that for AU$35 billion (US$25 billion) the government is addressing a serious submarine threat to Australia.

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