Commentary | 06 May 2009

Australia bulks up

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer comments on the Rudd government's recent Defence White Paper and the Obama administration's cuts to the US defence budget. While welcoming plans for a bigger and more capable ADF he expresses concern about whether they will be adequately funded. He argues that the US government should reconsider its cuts to missile defence programs and to the F-22 Stealth Fighter, to avoid increasing the strategic anxiety of American allies in Asia.Andrew Shearer

  • Andrew Shearer

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal Asia, Lowy Institute Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer comments on the Rudd government's recent Defence White Paper and the Obama administration's cuts to the US defence budget. While welcoming plans for a bigger and more capable ADF he expresses concern about whether they will be adequately funded. He argues that the US government should reconsider its cuts to missile defence programs and to the F-22 Stealth Fighter, to avoid increasing the strategic anxiety of American allies in Asia.Andrew Shearer

  • Andrew Shearer