A US Marine rotation bound for Darwin in April is pegged to bring with it more soldiers, more aircraft and — officials are hoping — a lasting upswing for the flatlining Top End economy.
The Australian Government is providing tens of millions of dollars to a Canberra defence company exporting a next-generation weapons system destined for Saudi Arabia, a country accused of complicity in war crimes in Yemen and the brazen murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The number of serving ADF members in the NT has dips from 6,868 in 2010 to 5,015 by 2018, according to NT Treasury Department figures — but a major, multi-billion dollar spend in the region could turn that around.
Speaking at a forum in Singapore, the Defence Minister urges Beijing to respect international law in order to "respect the rights of all states" and avoid mimicking Russia's "might is right" approach to diplomacy.
It sounds like science fiction — a naval gun capable of firing a projectile at 2.5 kilometres per second — but does the technology stack up to the military bravado?
The next-generation of naval warfare appears to have come early, with China beating the US to a ship-mounted weapon that can fire projectiles at 2.5 kilometres per second.
Australian defence force veterans are earning tens of thousands of US dollars a month in the United Arab Emirates advising troops fighting in a bloody Middle East conflict dogged by allegations of war crimes and indiscriminate civilian casualties.
While the first of Australia's future submarines is at least 12 years from hitting the water, the vessels are getting a name change.
The Australian government approves the export of dozens of shipments of military items to to Middle Eastern countries embroiled in the bloody Yemen war, a conflict dogged by accusations of war crimes and indiscriminate civilian killings.
The first of Australia's next-generation fighter jets have touched down at their new home at Williamtown RAAF base in NSW.