| 03 May 2005

Grand strategy, national security and the Australian Defence Force

In this paper in the Perspectives series, Dr Alan Dupont argues that Australia needs an overarching national security strategy to deal with the very different security challenges of the 21st century. Without one, Australia will be condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past where policy is made on the run, there is no benchmark for matching ends with means, our security concerns are too often conflated with military threats and policy makers lack crucial coordination and implementation tools. Moroever, there ought to be a wider and sustained debate about Australia's future sources of power and influence and an examination of the elements of national power, how we should wield it and to what purpose.Alan Dupont

  • Alan Dupont

In this paper in the Perspectives series, Dr Alan Dupont argues that Australia needs an overarching national security strategy to deal with the very different security challenges of the 21st century. Without one, Australia will be condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past where policy is made on the run, there is no benchmark for matching ends with means, our security concerns are too often conflated with military threats and policy makers lack crucial coordination and implementation tools. Moroever, there ought to be a wider and sustained debate about Australia's future sources of power and influence and an examination of the elements of national power, how we should wield it and to what purpose.Alan Dupont

  • Alan Dupont