Australia

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Australian Defence Policy: Way To Go ‘Oz’ – Australia’s Naval Renaissance*

*Moderators Note:  This article is reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, October 2009, pp. 25-26 After 16 months of careful preparation and stage managed partial disclosures, the orchestrated launch of “Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030” declared an apparent security paradigm for the […]

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Australia’s New Defence Policy: A good example of a national approach for achieving maritime security

The Australian Defence White Paper (2009) is perhaps one of the clearest national statements outlining the need for a comprehensive maritime security strategy.  The paper is focused upon joint operations with considerable emphasis placed upon coordination of all aspects of government to deliver national security and identifies the need for a significant upgrade […]

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Australia’s New Defence Policy: A ‘Hedging Policy’ against unacceptable risks

It is interesting to see the global reaction to both the Australian White Paper (WP) and our 45% troop increase for Afghanistan. We are one of the few countries that accept that Defence, unfortunately, is a zero sum game and that on the risk management chart low likelihood (state based conflict) + […]

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Australia’s New Defence Policy: Defence or Offence?

Australia’s new Defence White Paper was issued at the beginning of May – and the RAN was the big winner. Press reports describe it as “the most dramatic build-up of naval power since World War II, predicated on the belief that the rise of China heralds significant long-term strategic risks […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carriers? – Let Them Have Them*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article is reprinted with the permission of the author.  It appeared first on CSIS’s The Pacific Forum on 4 May as “PacNet Number 32.”  The original website can be found at this URL: http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/pac0932.pdf. Tetsuo Kotani (tetsuo.kotani@gmail.com) is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. […]

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Canada 1st: strategic defence management?

Dave Perry has supplied a superb analysis of the Canada First Defence Strategy or CFDS. I particularly support his conclusion “The defence strategy is therefore competent, long term planning, devoid of any exciting new promises that might attract criticism for outlandish spending plans and un-needed equipment.” The strategy itself correctly […]

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Three Cheers For Diplomacy

Controversy has broken out in the media, particularly in the U.K. and the U.S., over the behaviour, while captive, of the British naval personnel who were recently seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and subsequently detained by Iran’s governing authorities. Their effusive expressions of thanks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (VII)

David Perry: A couple of days later, on 4 February, the Winnipeg Free Press published an editorial by Peter Haydon of Dalhousie University, that echoed some of Eric Lerhe’s unpublished concerns and took a more precise maritime security approach in addition to raising concerns over the apparent savings from the […]

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