Ian McPhedran

Ian McPhedran

Ian McPhedran is the National Defence Writer for News Limited. He covered the diplomatic round in Canberra for several years and is the author of the best selling books ``The Amazing SAS’’ and ``Soldiers Without Borders’‘.

Articles by Ian McPhedran

The invisible but crucial element our Air Force needs

The invisible but crucial element our Air Force needs

20 Feb 13 Most opponents of the troubled Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) pay scant regard to the unique element that only so-called “fifth…... Read more

The army must change if it values men like this

The army must change if it values men like this

12 Feb 13 The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when SAS hero and Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith announced that…... Read more

Pleas for “de-escalation” are drowned out by missile fire

Pleas for “de-escalation” are drowned out by missile fire

19 Nov 12 More than 80 Palestinians have been killed by laser guided “precision” Israeli missiles launched from F-16 jets while the unguided…... Read more

The security threat in an international culture clash

The security threat in an international culture clash

18 Sep 12 United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants people of conscience and goodwill to “stand together against violence, hate and…... Read more

No winners, no losers, in a conflict unlike any other

No winners, no losers, in a conflict unlike any other

04 Sep 12 A major problem with the war in Afghanistan is the completely misleading and misguided notion of winners and losers in…... Read more

They come on one-way tickets, speak no Indonesian

They come on one-way tickets, speak no Indonesian

29 Jun 12 As Labor and Coalition politicians wallow in a moral quagmire while failing to settle on the difficult issue of how…... Read more

Don’t ignore the insights gained in the heat of battle

Don’t ignore the insights gained in the heat of battle

02 Feb 12 It has been almost 600 days since 28-year-old Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney from Brisbane was killed in action in Afghanistan.…... Read more

Another rogue Afghan not proof of ‘sleeper’ insurgency

Another rogue Afghan not proof of ‘sleeper’ insurgency

09 Nov 11 The latest shooting of three Australian and two Afghan soldiers by a disgruntled Afghan comrade will intensify calls for our…... Read more

Afghanistan: We honour the fallen by staying the course

Afghanistan: We honour the fallen by staying the course

08 Jun 11 As another Australian family endures the soul-destroying grief of the loss of a young son in Afghanistan - the fourth…... Read more

The loss of brave young men is becoming hard to justify

The loss of brave young men is becoming hard to justify

21 Feb 11 Jamie Larcombe is the fifth Australian Army combat engineer to be killed in action in Afghanistan. He is also the…... Read more

Afghanistan is one of many challenges for 2011

Afghanistan is one of many challenges for 2011

08 Jan 11 Afghanistan, an uncertain world, and regional instability will make 2011 a challenging year for the Australian Defence Force. The campaign…... Read more

Is the military using warships to smuggle drugs?

Is the military using warships to smuggle drugs?

05 Jan 11 News that up to 21 navy sailors were allegedly running a drug ring from the Garden Island Navy base in…... Read more

Oz-Israel relations hit new low as Canberra expels spy

Oz-Israel relations hit new low as Canberra expels spy

24 May 10 Australia-Israeli relations have not come under this much pressure since the bungling spook and lothario Amir Laty was thrown out…... Read more

It’s unlikely we’ll do much to punish Israel

It’s unlikely we’ll do much to punish Israel

29 Mar 10 After a torrent of undiplomatic language in the days after they discovered that Israel had used forged Australian passports in…... Read more

Behind the no-nonsense world of Israeli security

Behind the no-nonsense world of Israeli security

26 Feb 10 To the casual observer the Israeli embassy in Canberra looks like any other diplomatic mission in the leafy suburbs of…... Read more

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