Toward the Defence of Australia
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Given the dilemma of long lead times in the face of constantly changing domestic, regional and international environments, the critical challenge of defence planning is to identify and build upon strategic assessment factors with a degree of permanency to permit the longterm realization of an effective national security policy. A further planning imperative is to integrate military doctrine, as shaped to reflect the realities of national defence policies, into the process to give definitive direction to force structure. Accordingly, in seeking to show the way ahead for the development of an effective Australian Defence Force ADF structure, the study places considerable emphasis upon these imperatives. Australias geostrategic position and the nature of war faced in the future are thus the key to a self-reliant Australian defence posture to be pursued, within the framework of alliances, as part of a multidimensional national security policy.
- Government and Political Science