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From concentrated vulnerability to distributed lethality — or how to get more maritime bang for the buck with our offshore patrol vessels

Naval operations Australian Defence Force Defence expenditure Military operations Defence Autonomous technologies Machine learning Australia

This report proposes a way for the Australian government to acquire maritime war-fighting capability quickly and affordably while promoting Australian industry and the continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.

It would deliver substantial new maritime capability in the next few years, in contrast to the current investment program, and it would introduce a transformative force structure for the price of one or two traditional large multi-role platforms.

This would address key challenges faced by the ADF by enabling it to transition more quickly to a force structure that better supports operating concepts employing distributed lethality and greater use of autonomous systems and human–machine teaming.

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