David Wroe

David Wroe

David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.

David Morrison steps down as Army chief

David Wroe David Morrison rolls his eyes slightly at the suggestion that after 36 years in the Army, four as its Chief, he's going to be remembered for a three minute speech on YouTube.

Australia urged to send military to counter China's control over sea lanes

A US Air Force B1-B bomber during a mission over Syria.

John Garnaut and David Wroe Australia should prepare to send military aircraft and ships to the South China Sea to stop China from asserting territorial control across some of the world's most important trading lanes, says a...

US official misspoke on B-1 bombers being based in Australia: Tony Abbott

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

David Wroe The Abbott government has swiftly dismissed remarks by a Washington official that the US plans to place long-range bombers and surveillance aircraft in Australia to deter Chinese ambitions in the...

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ASIO issues 'call to arms' for families to spot radicalisation of teenagers

ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis wants families to keep an eye out for radicalisation of teenagers.

David Wroe The head of ASIO has warned teenagers are becoming radicalised quickly, sometimes within weeks, as he issued a "call to arms" for families and communities to provide the first line of defence against...

AFP's Tim Morris to take up senior role in Interpol

Tim Morris

David Wroe Foreign fighters, ice, child pornography and cross-border organised crime are among the most pressing scourges facing modern law enforcement.

Australian jihadist Neil Prakash confirmed as top Islamic State recruiter

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australian jihadist Neil Prakash has been confirmed as one of the Islamic State's top recruiters, appearing on a select list of key contacts for would-be foreign fighters wanting to join the terror...

Japan set to clear the way for Australian submarine bid

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has spoken with his Japanese counterpart to urge Japan to participate in the evaluation process to build Australia's next fleet of submarines.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The prospect of Australia buying Japanese submarines is poised to take a significant step forward with Tokyo expected to agree within weeks to hand over classified technical data on their prized...

Online jihadist hails power of social media after Texas attack

An FBI crime scene investigator outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

David Wroe and Nick O'Malley An Australian Twitter user and Islamic State supporter who appeared to encourage the terrorist attack on an anti-Islamic cartoon event in the US says his movement is "winning the minds of the young...

Bali nine: AFP gives no apologies and no guarantees it won't happen again

AFP Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan and Commissioner Andrew Colvin at the press conference on Monday.

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has refused to guarantee that his officers will never again share information that puts Australians at risk of facing the death penalty and insisted the...

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Bali nine executions: Australia may have to simply ride out the next four years under Joko Widodo

Domestic politics is dictating Indonesian President Joko Widodo's decision-making.

David Wroe Nobody thought Joko Widodo would be as easygoing towards Australia as his fondly remembered predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Bali nine executions: Australian Federal Police to break silence on Bali nine

Scott Rush, one of the Bali nine, after being caught in Indonesia after an AFP tip-off.

Matthew Knott, David Wroe Australian Federal Police officers are set be questioned by a parliamentary committee within weeks to explain the organisation's role delivering the executed Bali nine ring leaders to Indonesian...

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Bali nine executions: Canberra and Jakarta's diplomatic relations on hold

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The attention-grabbing freeze of diplomatic relations between Canberra and Jakarta is likely to last weeks rather than months as both sides insulate vital trade and security ties.

Bali 9: Abbott government plans tough diplomatic response as anger rises

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

David Wroe and James Massola High-level ministerial meetings with Indonesia will be cancelled and senior government sources say all aspects of the diplomatic relationship are "on the table" in the fallout of the Bali nine case.

Islamic State bigger threat to world order than Cold War communism: Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Islamic State is a greater threat to world order than Cold War communism was.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The Islamic State terror group and similar violent jihadist movements are an even greater threat to world order than communism was during the Cold War, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.

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Bali nine: Australia considers recalling Indonesian ambassador over executions

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop:

James Massola, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop are considering all options, including the dramatic step of recalling Australia's ambassador to Indonesia.

Anzac Day terrorism plot payback for Haider shooting

Terror suspect Numan Haider, who was shot and killed by police in September 2014 after stabbing anti-terrorism officers at Endeavour Hills.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Police believe the alleged Anzac Day terrorism plot planned for Melbourne was partly payback for the death of teenager Abdul Numan Haider in September.

Terror plot: teenagers linked to top Islamic State recruiter Abu Khalid al-Kambodi

A still from an Islamic State propaganda video released last year.

David Wroe The young Melbourne men arrested over an alleged Anzac Day terror plot had close links to a senior Australian jihadist and Islamic State recruiter.

Gallipoli ceremony terrorism risk: Turkey vows Australians will be safe

Dawn service at Gallipoli, 2014: Visitors to this year's Anzac services will pass through several security checks.

David Wroe Terrorism experts agreed that the threat to the Anzac service was small, but there was a risk of "lone wolf" attacks.

Learn from Europe on fighting Islamic extremism: expert

The family of the young man are devastated he is fighting in Syria.

David Wroe Australia should learn from European programs that effectively steer young people away from Islamic extremism and stop them becoming "foreign fighters", a leading terrorism expert says.

We are at war with Islamic State and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews should know its leader

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews could not name the leader of the Islamic State.

David Wroe Should we cut him some slack and move on? Not before pausing to recognise this.

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