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An incisive collection that analyses Australia's defence situation as it stands today and places it in a national and international context.

Almost half a century ago, the Australian National University's TB Millar penned a seminal book on Australian defence policy in the lead up to the Vietnam War. Today, Australia's defence forces are returning from long conflicts overseas, while the rise of China and the economic integration in the Indo-Pacific presents a complex mix of challenges and opportunities.
Drawing inspiration from Millar's original volume, Australia's Defence: Towards a New Era? brings together leading experts to examine the domestic and international context of Australia's defence policy, Australian strategy and the size and state of our armed forces. As the country heads towards a new era, this book provides an in-depth overview and key insights into the past, present and future of Australia's defence.

Reviews

Defence, like foreign policy, decision-making requires a fine understanding of history, context, constraints and opportunities. This timely and comprehensive volume leaves future Australian policy-makers with few excuses for getting things wrong.

Gareth Evans, Foreign Minister, 1988-96

A thoughtful, informative and easily read single volume on Australia's defence and strategic context. Beyond informed Australians and scholars, a must-read for the nation's next defence minister.

Brendan Nelson, Minister for Defence, 2006â??07

In 1987 we determined that an assessment of regional capabilities rather than threat scenarios should inform our military strategy and equipment purchases. We sought to maintain a skills and technological edge in relation to the capabilities we perceived to be present in our approaches. In the last 25 years the challenges associated with that necessary approach have only become more complex. Those of us in government benefited then from some ground-breaking compendiums of our best strategic thinking. We need that now and with this publication we have it.

Kim Beazley, Minister for Defence, 1984â??90

Australia's Defence is an essential update for those wanting to understand the triangular dynamic of Australian defence: increasingly complex strategic challenges, limited resources and a Defence organisation under pressure.

Ric Smith, Secretary to the Department of Defence, 2002â??06

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  • Paperback

    9780522866070

    July 18, 2014

    MUP Academic

    RRP $49.99

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  • Hardback

    9780522867428

    July 18, 2014

    MUP Academic

    RRP $69.99

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  • EBook

    9780522866087

    July 18, 2014

    MUP Academic Digital

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