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Refocusing the Australian Army

Blaxland, John

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Recent operations have distracted the Army from being best postured for regional engagement.1 As the Afghanistan commitment winds down, the Army will need to overcome this neglect by shifting its primary focus to regional priorities, where geographic determinants and great power dynamics will feature. The maturation of defence infrastructure and capability projects dating back to the 1980s, coupled with capabilities entering service soon, means that the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBlaxland, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:17:44Z
dc.identifier.issn1833-1459
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/18714
dc.description.abstractRecent operations have distracted the Army from being best postured for regional engagement.1 As the Afghanistan commitment winds down, the Army will need to overcome this neglect by shifting its primary focus to regional priorities, where geographic determinants and great power dynamics will feature. The maturation of defence infrastructure and capability projects dating back to the 1980s, coupled with capabilities entering service soon, means that the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and the Army in particular, has a strong foundation from which to refocus on engagement with regional forces, albeit with some exceptions. For instance, recent operations have demonstrated the need for sound intelligence support and a pool of language-trained and culturally-aware personnel, but regionally-oriented skills in these areas have atrophied. Beyond maintaining broad capabilities for a wide range of contingencies, the key to ensuring the Army‟s successful reorientation will be a regionally-focused reinvestment in intelligence, language and culture skills.
dc.publisherKokoda Foundation
dc.rightsPermission from the publisher to archive the version was granted via email on 20/04/2015
dc.sourceSecurity Challenges
dc.titleRefocusing the Australian Army
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4713172xPUB5
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBlaxland, John, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage47
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage54
local.identifier.absseo810102 - Army
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:39:29Z
local.identifier.thomsonID000214048400008
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