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Low level conflict contingencies and Australian defence policy

CollectionsANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC)
Title: Low level conflict contingencies and Australian defence policy
Author(s): Godfrey-Smith, Tony
Date published: 1985
Publisher: Canberra : Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, 1985.
Series/Report no.: Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence : No. 34
This monograph examines low-level conflict in two contexts: The incidence and nature of low-level conflict since 1945 and its relevance to Australia's strategic environment; and the role and perceptions of low-level conflict contingencies in Australian defence policy. The paper concludes that low level contingencies are relevant to Australia's strategic environment, but that assessments of these contingencies have tended to focus on the tactics that might be employed at the expense of the possible origins of conflict, the motives and objectives of potential aggressors, and the political-context in which such contingencies might arise. Low level contingencies however, do not in themselves constitute a threat of sufficient magnitude to provide the focus as present lacking in Australia's defence posture and the role of the Australian defence forces.
ISBN: 867846100
Other Identifiers: b15538680


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