security & defence PLUS

Where Academia, Industry & Statecraft Intersect


Security & Defence PLuS is the flagship program of the PLuS Alliance, a global partnership which combines the strengths of three leading research universities on three continents – Arizona State University, King’s College London, and the University of New South Wales – to solve global challenges.

Security & Defence PLuS deepens this partnership, advancing research, education, and policy to support statecraft in the spirit of the 2021 AUKUS trilateral agreement between the governments of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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.


What AUKUS means to Britain: Appraising the Benefits and Challenges in an Election Year

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10 April 2024 In March 2024, British premier Rishi Sunak declared a “national endeavour” with a new fund to “secure...

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...


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