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Dramatic changes in store for ADF after Defence Strategic Review is released

26th April 2023 - 05:47 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Land 400 Phase 3, an effort to obtain new IFVs for the Australian Army, has come a cropper under the Defence Strategic Review. (Photo: ADF)

There are no major surprises in the Defence Strategic Review, but it presages a major change of direction for Australia's military and approach to defence.

On 24 April, a day before ANZAC Day, the Australian government released a public version of its long-awaited Defence Strategic Review.

The 110-page document marks a sea change in Australia’s view of its regional security environment and recommends major alterations in direction for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It is being described as the furthest-reaching overhaul in Australian defence since WWII.

It stated the ADF must possess the capacity to: defend the country and immediate region; deter through denial any hostile attempt to project power through Australia’s northern approaches; protect regional and global economic connections; contribute to the collective security

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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