David Wroe

David Wroe

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

War footing: Minister eyes next hotspot


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...

Fresh face sought to command new border patrol operation

Rear Admiral David Johnston

David Wroe, Daniel Flitton Defence unlikely to choose one of its current top brass to become new border protection tsar.

Garden Island naval base faces closure under Kevin Rudd

Aerials of Sydney Harbour

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.

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ASIO turns its spies onto high-tech espionage

Cyber spy generic.

David Wroe Australia's top spy flags shift in focus for national security agency, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

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Defence announces end to combat duties in Afghanistan

Photo By: Corporal (CPL) Ricky Fuller

David Wroe Australia's elite special forces will not carry out raids against the Taliban next year.

Soldiers' mental illness risk rises along with tours of duty

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...


Military ties benefit from sixth satellite

A U.S. Air Force Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) mission lifts off on a ULA Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida August 7, 2013. The unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the U.S. military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services. The Delta rocket, topped with the sixth Wideband Global Satcom, or WGS, spacecraft lifted off at 8:29 p.m. EDT and soared out over the Atlantic Ocean, illuminated by the setting sun, as it headed into space. REUTERS/Mike Brown   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY POLITICS MILITARY)

David Wroe A $900 million satellite paid for by Canberra was launched into orbit from the US on Wednesday night, cementing Australia's place in a powerful new military communications network.

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

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...

Dispute over PNG payments


Bianca Hall, David Wroe Papua New Guinea and the Rudd government are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal.

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.

Rape and torture inquiries put in jeopardy by island transfers

Refugee family

David Wroe Any investigation by Papua New Guinea authorities into alleged rape and torture cases on Manus Island could prove almost impossible because most asylum seekers have already been moved to Australia.

Support for Defence abused


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.

Asylum-seeker deaths take emotional toll on navy staff

asylum seekers arriving

David Wroe Dealing with asylum seekers' deaths at sea is taking an emotional toll on navy members, Australia's border protection commander has said.

Coalition squares up to Jakarta over asylum seeker veto

Bob Carr

David Wroe The Coalition has vowed Indonesia will never have a ''right of veto'' over Australia's asylum-seeker policies as it digs in on its pledge to turn back boats even against Jakarta's wishes.

'Jedi Council' sex ring labelled women 'moles'

David Wroe The self-styled ''Jedi Council'' of army members who allegedly formed an internet sex ring used labels such as ''married mole number five'' and ''virgin mole'' for their female victims, it was...

Army abuse scandal details revealed

Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra on Thursday 13 June 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe Members of the so-called Jedi council at the centre of the army's abuse scandal have been accused of disseminating a woman's address so others could 'get some action'.

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

Warning of too little cash to maintain defence bases


David Wroe The country's military bases are at risk of becoming dilapidated because of a long-term failure by federal governments to spend enough on their upkeep, a parliamentary budget review finds.

Same old rabble or game-changer?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe What does the second coming of Kevin Rudd mean for Tony Abbott and the Coalition?

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.