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An Australian Intellectual Edge for Conflict and Competition in the 21st Century

CollectionsThe Centre of Gravity (CoG) Series Papers
Title: An Australian Intellectual Edge for Conflict and Competition in the 21st Century
Author(s): Ryan, Mick
Editor(s): Carr, Andrew
Date published: Mar-2019
Publisher: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Centre of Gravity Series Papers (Australian National University. Strategic and Defence Studies Centre) ; No. 48
Over the past decade, Australian academics and policy makers have been forced to readjust their thinking about Australia and how it might secure its interests in a changing world. The re-emergence of China as a powerful player in Australia’s region, as well as the developing strategic competition between the United States and China has driven a reassessment of national security and defence policies. Adding to the complexities of national security planners, this ‘contested world’, is now potentially at the start of a new industrial revolution. The revolution is underpinned by connectivity, biotechnology and silicon-based technologies, including artificial intelligence. This revolution will inevitably result in changes in how Australian governments evaluate national security, defence policy and the capabilities of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). While this will have many implications, one of particular note will be the necessary transformation in the intellectual preparation of military leaders to adapt to, and excel in, this changed geopolitical and technological era.
ISSN: 2208-7303

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