There has been so much said about the latest Australian Defence White Paper that I haven’t much to add, except that it would be a good idea to actually read the thing. Some of those below clearly have and some haven’t.
I am not at all surprised by some of the things therein. For example, it is hardly surprising that it takes into account the various larger countries in our region, which I see as inevitable rather than anti-Asian. Who’s to say what may happen over the next twenty-one years? It may be we find ourselves working closely with China in certain circumstances, complementing their superior forces with our own, or we may find ourselves working with Indonesia, or India, or whoever. The USA may well not be such a power in our region by 2030. We can hardly project no change in our defence capability by 2030, can we? Of course there is a very good chance, personally, that I will be dead by 2030 so won’t get to see our shiny new military gear, and it may also well be that costs and dates will blow out so that some of it doesn’t arrive in due time.
But can you imagine in 2030 our having our present capability unchanged, whoever is in government? Imagine someone in 1920 planning ahead to 1941. They didn’t, of course…
Here’s a selection of posts:
- Lateline 1 May.
- White Paper: History, ghosts and geography (Lowy Institute)
- Intriguing passages in the Defence White Paper (Lowy Institute)
- Australia Misfires Defence Cash (New Matilda)
- Defence White Paper (Larvatus Prodeo)
- Rudd’s Defence White Paper: Anti-Asian Hysteria (Benjamin Solah)
- Language, delivery and the Rudd Government (Jim Belshaw)