Journal Articles | 03 March 2016

Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper – Forward funded defence

In a commentary for PacNet, Euan Graham discusses Australia's latest Defence White Paper. For more from PacNet, click here.

In a commentary for PacNet, Euan Graham discusses Australia's latest Defence White Paper. For more from PacNet, click here.

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Key Findings

  • This Defence White Paper more “forward” than its predecessors in terms of projected funding commitments and the dizzying time-scales and costs involved in delivering complex platforms like submarines and frigates.
  • The document should be recognized as a serious effort to prioritize defence funding beyond Australia’s short election cycle.
  • A key question is: can Australia maintain its military edge before the promised new capabilities arrive?