security & defence PLUS

advancing aukus

Where Academia and Statecraft Intersect


The PLuS Alliance is a longstanding partnership between three universities – in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia – providing support and innovation to help solve global challenges. The Security & Defence PLuS initiative of the PLuS Alliance expands upon this partnership, allowing the Alliance to help advance and support statecraft, research, and policy in the spirit of the AUKUS partnership.

Leveraging Scholarship to Enhance Policy


Negotiated between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the AUKUS partnership strengthens the ability of each country to support mutual security and defence interests by promoting deeper information and technology sharing in nuclear-powered submarines and other advanced capabilities. Security & Defence PLuS aims to enhance the statecraft of the countries within the AUKUS Partnership by utilising each university’s unique approach to academic scholarship and research.

Essays and Articles Driven by Academic Research


AUKUS and the Potential for a Disruptive Maritime Power


In April 2023, the Australian government released its Defence Strategic Review, setting out a vision for reforming the country’s national...

To Exclude or Not to Exclude: AUKUS and Order-Engineering

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Introduction While the delivery aspect of AUKUS – that is of nuclear-propelled submarines and advanced technological capabilities – continues to...

AUKUS under Pressure: The Capacity Constraints that put a Dampener on Delivery

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Introduction On 15 September 2021, the governments of Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced the formation of...

Walking and Chewing Bubble Gum: How the Joint Force can Partner for Success in a Multipolar World

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Abstract China’s One Belt One Road, “digital iron curtain,” and grey zone activities have contributed to what the 2022 National...

Some Awkward Truths about AUKUS

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The AUKUS deal was signed in September 2021 and subsequently evaluated by pundits and experts worldwide almost entirely based on...

Toward an AUKUS-era research and engineering strategy


The year-old trilateral security partnership among Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—AUKUS for short—has the potential to alter...


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