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Is strategic geography relevant to Australia's current defence policy?

Dibb, Paul

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Unless you are a major power, a nation's geography is one of the most important factors driving military posture and force structure. But the idea that Australia's strategic geography primarily determines the size and shape of its defence force is being discarded in favour of expeditionary forces designed to operate in a subordinate role to allies in distant theatres. As a result the nexus between strategic geography and force structure is now broken. Purchases of expensive military equipment...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDibb, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:13:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1035-7718
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/88236
dc.description.abstractUnless you are a major power, a nation's geography is one of the most important factors driving military posture and force structure. But the idea that Australia's strategic geography primarily determines the size and shape of its defence force is being discarded in favour of expeditionary forces designed to operate in a subordinate role to allies in distant theatres. As a result the nexus between strategic geography and force structure is now broken. Purchases of expensive military equipment are being made without any clear articulation of strategic necessity. This article argues the case for force structure planning based on the abiding nature of Australia's regional strategic geography, while providing an improved (albeit still limited) expeditionary ability to support our US ally. The consistent application of strategic geography should be an iron discipline for a country with Australia's modest sized defence force and limited resources.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of International Affairs
dc.subjectKeywords: foreign policy; military application; regional geography; Australasia; Australia
dc.titleIs strategic geography relevant to Australia's current defence policy?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume60
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor160604 - Defence Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub17832
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDibb, Paul, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage247
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage264
local.identifier.doi10.1080/10357710600696167
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:35:11Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33646843772
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