David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.
Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...
David Wroe Military police have been delayed in starting an investigation into possible sexual assaults among navy sailors because the ship involved is helping in the asylum-seeker stand-off with Indonesia.
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.
David Wroe, Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum-seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.
David Wroe and Deborah Snow Defence brass were concerned the military could appear politicised through Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell's appearances at the heated weekly border protection briefings held by the government, it...
David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.
David Wroe The Afghan ambassador to Australia has warned that the Taliban would be strengthened by mooted cuts to future foreign aid to his country as coalition forces begin to pull out after 12 years of war.
David Wroe, Ben Grubb Australians' email and instant messaging contact lists are being hoovered up by the nation's electronic intelligence agency under a massive surveillance partnership with the US, top secret documents...
David Wroe Submarines are the stealthy killers in maritime warfare. They are the queens on the chessboard, the strategic game-changers.
David Wroe Military demolition specialists who sparked Blue Mountains fire suspected of using too much explosive.
David Wroe The Coalition has vowed that asylum seekers who take up people-smugglers' offers to sneak them into Australia in shipping containers will be sent straight to offshore processing.
David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.
David Wroe Angus Campbell, the government's pick to head up border protection, is tall and thin, with angular features and a mild speaking voice.
David Wroe Australia's new Defence Minister David Johnston says he wants the military to be battle-ready for future conflicts in the unstable Middle East and south Asia, even including the possibility of fresh...
David Wroe The public might never be told whether the Coalition is meeting a key election promise in having the navy turn back asylum seeker boats, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said.
David Wroe, Daniel Flitton Defence unlikely to choose one of its current top brass to become new border protection tsar.
David Wroe The historic naval base at Garden Island is being considered for closure by the government in a move that is likely to anger top brass inside the Department of Defence.
Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...
David Wroe Australian soldiers exposed repeatedly to combat and trauma in Afghanistan or Iraq face a 15-fold increase in risk of mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, a major study has...
David Wroe Victims of sexual and other abuse in the military can for the first time go outside the chain of command to lodge complaints with an independent office.