Commentary | 03 May 2013

Plenty of decisions to be made and a bit of vision would help

In a Sydney Morning Herald op-ed, Rory Medcalf and James Brown preview the 2013 Defence White Paper.

In a Sydney Morning Herald op-ed, Rory Medcalf and James Brown preview the 2013 Defence White Paper.

Key Findings

  • The white paper will play up something called defence diplomacy: an emerging web of talks, security agreements and joint exercises.
  • Clear guidance is needed on how willing Australia really is to keep integrating its military with that of the US.
  • A clear defence strategy must match the politics of defence funding with the military's ability to provide real options for future leaders.