David Wroe

David Wroe

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

UN doubts refugee safety in Papua New Guinea

Refugees on Manus Island.

Bianca Hall, David Wroe The record number of boats coming to Australia shows no signs of easing, with more than 1000 asylum seekers arriving since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his new plan to stop them.

Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

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David Wroe The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with.

Footage of derelict sites shot to deter boats

Aerial view of Nauru

David Wroe THE Immigration Department has been gathering footage on Nauru and Manus Island for ''confronting'' videos aimed at discouraging asylum seekers from getting on boats - even though the facilities...

Forces hunt rogue Afghan soldier

Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.

Dylan Welch, David Wroe The hunt for the rogue Afghan soldier who mowed down five Australian soldiers, killing three, continues as Julia Gillard described as ''ugly language'' a comment by independent Andrew Wilkie that she...

Joint Afghan patrols suspended over attack fears

Talks will decide when the combined patrols resume

David Wroe Australia suspends some joint patrols with Afghan soldiers amid fears the anti-Islam film that sparked violence across the world could heighten the risk of insider attacks.

Government 'spooked' by US military build-up

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton waves to the media upon her arrival at the Noi Bai airport for the 17th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi October 29, 2010. The 17th ASEAN summit runs from October 28 to 30. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS)

David Wroe Analyst says senior ministers playing down progress on American military build-up.

Defence inquiry to hand investigation findings to police

Stephen Smith

David Wroe AN INTERNAL Defence Force investigation is poised to hand over material to police that could incriminate serving military members in cases of rape, either as alleged perpetrators or witnesses who...

Troubled sub fleet could serve longer

Collins Class Submarine

David Wroe THE Collins Class submarine fleet is among the world's worst, a new assessment says, but a later retirement date for the troubled fleet is possible with improved upkeep.

Sex attack cadets still in military

ADF cadets

David Wroe About 10 defence force members suspected of involvement in rapes of female cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy in the 1990s are still serving in the military, the Chief of the Defence...

Defence suspects may face removal

ADFA recruits.

David Wroe The Defence Force may be asked to suspend or reassign alleged rapists and serious abusers in its ranks while their cases are fully investigated under the Gillard government's new military abuse...

Rape suspects may be suspended by ADF while allegations assessed

Len Roberts-Smith QC.

David Wroe THE Defence Force may be asked to suspend or reassign alleged rapists and serious abusers in its ranks while their cases can be fully investigated under the federal government's new military abuse...

Air force faces strike fighter gap

Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II banking right. For Brendan Nicholson story on $5 billion contract to Australian company to manufacture tail sections for the JSF. Company handout photo. 30 April 2008.

David Wroe Australia will almost certainly be forced to buy 24 new Super Hornet fighter planes for about $2 billion to plug a looming gap in its air defences caused by delays in the purchase of the cutting-edge...

Defence worried about defections

David Hurley

David Wroe Defence Force Chief David Hurley says the military's personnel is pared to the bone.

No help from home as official account changes

Bob Carr.

David Wroe NINE days ago, the office of the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, sent written questions to the minister's department seeking advice for a TV interview Carr would record the following evening on the...

Officials broke rules on Zygier as case was flicked to ASIO

David Wroe, Tom Allard Two of Australia's highest ranking foreign affairs officials knew of the jailing of Melbourne man Ben Zygier - dubbed ''Prisoner X'' - in Israel but left his consular care in the hands of spy agency...

Army adapted training after scathing Diggers report

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David Wroe Defence Minister backs Army commanders after Diggers's attitude is compared to 'Roman gladiators'.

Victims of military abuse divided

Defence minister Stephen Smith in his ministerial suite at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 8 March 2012.  Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe Opinions differ on whether Defence Minister Stephen Smith has failed victims of abuse.

Maybe it's time to make a clean break

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David Wroe ''What does Afghanistan show,'' Stephen Smith asked on Tuesday. ''Easiest thing in the world to get in, hardest thing in the world to get out.

Marching home: after decade of war, end is in sight

FILE PICTURE: An Afghan boy comes out of his house to see Australian troops, during a patrol in the Mirabad Valley, Afghanistan, on Monday 26 March 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen FILE PICTURE

David Wroe After a decade of war in Afghanistan and 39 combat deaths, the end is firmly in sight for Australian troops with the planned closure of their main base by the end of the year.

Strategy to win hearts and minds cautiously received

Defence

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Defence white papers only come along every few years and Friday's - just the second since 2000 - was pitched carefully to a domestic as well as an international audience.