Claire Young was former senior analyst with the Australian government for over 20 years. She has worked on Australian security issues for some 40 years, including strategic policy analysis in the Department of Defence and as a writer and assistant editor for the Pacific Defence Reporter.
Repurposing scientific equipment on the frozen continent is possible but would give little military advantage.
If the Antarctic Treaty System does fail, this decision may be regretted. The challenge now is to ensure it does not.
The frozen continent is not fully quarantined from an assertive China, yet myths should not be mistaken for reality.