Commentary | 09 April 2008

Australia, monster slayer

A recent proposal for an Australian conventional flexible deterrent option, intended to cripple any major power that might threaten the country, would commit massive resources to a highly unlikely contingency, writes international security program director Rory Medcalf in this opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald. He suggests that any discussion of this 'Beowulf option' needs to factor in the opportunity costs of seeking to sustain a combat capability edge against what will become far wealthier and more powerful Asian states.Sydney Morning Herald, 9 April 2008, p. 11Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf

A recent proposal for an Australian conventional flexible deterrent option, intended to cripple any major power that might threaten the country, would commit massive resources to a highly unlikely contingency, writes international security program director Rory Medcalf in this opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald. He suggests that any discussion of this 'Beowulf option' needs to factor in the opportunity costs of seeking to sustain a combat capability edge against what will become far wealthier and more powerful Asian states.Sydney Morning Herald, 9 April 2008, p. 11Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf