Australia's strategic edge in 2030

Defence Australia

Highlighting the nature, scale and speed of China's military expansion, this report argues that Australia must respond with an innovative restructuring of Australia’s national security strategy and priorities.

The report highlights how China is starting to contest the Western Allies operational sanctuary in pace, the security of their operational bases in the Western Pacific, the security of their naval vessels at sea, the security of Western Pacific airspace and the security of allies surveillance, situational awareness, logistic and other information networks.

The primary conclusions and recommendations from this study conclude that Australia does not have the option of ignoring or standing aloof from these developments. Moreover, a ‘steady as she goes’ simple modernisation of Australia’s current national security capabilities would not be effective in balancing and offsetting the rising People’s Liberation Army and optimising Australia’s security for the medium and long term.

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