David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal


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.

Defence knew of sex ring for years

AFR Generic picture of Australian Troops bound for Iraq parade prior to departure, ADF, Army, defense, soldiers, diggers.  Pic Glenn Campbell

David Wroe An army reservist who was allegedly a key member of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring was sacked by defence contractor Thales in 2010 - yet was not suspended by Defence until more than two years...

Soldier died while 'giving it his all'

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird

David Wroe, Daniel Hurst The Australian special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.

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.

Strategy to win hearts and minds cautiously received


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.

Troops 'humiliated' Afghan detainees


Deborah Snow, David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by the Australian Defence Force and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly...

Afghan detainees 'humiliated in jail'

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public...

Fears Afghans abusing prisoners

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Australia has again suspended the transfer of suspected insurgents to some Afghan prison facilities in Tarin Kowt following allegations of abuse.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'


David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police at Australia's detention centre in Afghanistan were pressured to make prisoners more "pliable" by gagging them, depriving them of sleep and denying them exercise.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police in Afghanistan made prisoners more 'pliable' by gagging them and depriving them of sleep.

Fears over prisoners 'justified' as Afghan officials face charges

Defence Minister Stephen Smith

David Wroe Afghan officials are set to be charged with mistreating prisoners at a detention facility to which Australia had previously transferred suspected insurgents, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said.

ADF fails to shake its demons

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Defence is reeling from another internet sex scandal in which at least 17 male army officers circulated footage of members having sex, tagged with demeaning commentary about the women.

Failure to intervene: why Canberra turned its back on Prisoner X

David Wroe and Ruth Pollard A government inquiry has reignited concern over the Prisoner X affair.

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...