Accession Number:

AD1062070

Title:

Dependence on American Security, Australia's Strategic Miscalculation

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Nov 2017,28 Feb 2018

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-02-12

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Australias national security depends on the strength of the alliance with the United States both for prosperity and security. This alliance has underpinned Australias security and prosperity in the rules-based order that was established in 1945 and later solidified in 1972 when Nixon visited China. However, there are indications that Australia may have over emphasized the importance of the Alliance while U.S. leadership and predominance has eroded in in the Indo-Pacific. Australias over-reliance on the U.S. is placing Australias security at risk and Australia must seek a more independent security strategy and a broader alliance network. Australia must adapt to the changing rules in the new regional order, with China as the future predominant power. While the importance of the Australia-U.S. alliance should not be understated, it may be dangerous to over state it. This paper will compare the Australian and United States security strategies and determine any strategic misalignment before offering a new path for the Australia - U.S. alliance in the Indo-Pacific.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE