Towards 2000: Directions for Australia's Military Strategy
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Since the Australian withdrawal from Vietnam in 1972 Australian military strategy and force development has lacked coherent direction. Although a Government White Paper on defence which was released in 1976--and is still effectively current--proposed that Australias perceived strategic circumstances necessitated greater self-reliance and operational self-sufficiency, there being no identifiable military threat little motivation has existed for successive governments to translate these strategic objectives into coherent defence policy. The author argues that the ongoing hiatus is avoidable because there are inherent in Australias strategic environment enduring features which, if utilized, provide the focus that is essential to the development of Australias military strategy and force structure in peacetime. Being founded upon enduring features the resulting defence posture will meet the longterm national security requirements of the defence-of-Australia doctrine.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics