Accession Number : ADA480968


Title :   Australia's National Security: A Defence Update 2003


Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA480968


Report Date : 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 29


Abstract : On releasing the 2000 Defence White Paper, the Government undertook to review our defence posture periodically to ensure Australia continues to have the appropriate mix of concepts, capabilities and forces to meet new challenges as they arise. In just over two years since the Defence White Paper was released, we are in no doubt that the strategic landscape has changed. The question for Defence is whether the strategic tasks which have underpinned Defence planning and capability development - the defence of Australia, operations in the immediate neighbourhood, coalition operations further afield and peacetime national tasks - still provide a sufficiently firm but flexible foundation for planning and capability development, particularly when addressing today's threats. What is already clear is that while the Defence White Paper focused on the development of capabilities for the Defence of Australia and its National Interests, two matters - terrorism and the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction, including to terrorists - have emerged to new prominence and create renewed strategic uncertainty. In addition, some adverse trends in our immediate neighbourhood have continued. The changed strategic and security environment requires responses from a number of government agencies. This update considers mainly the challenges posed by these changes in our strategic environment and the implications for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *THREATS , *AUSTRALIA , *TERRORISM , *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS , STRATEGY , PACIFIC OCEAN ISLANDS , NATIONAL DEFENSE , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , SOUTHEAST ASIA , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN)


Subject Categories : CIVIL DEFENSE
      MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
      MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


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