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Kudos to my Australian friends: your defence policy is an absolutely brilliant demonstration of what a medium power's policy should be.
I was at a conference last week organized at my university. The title was
“Australia's Strategic Environment and its Implications for Defence Policy and the Australian Defence Force". The speaker, Lieutenant-colonel Tim A. Grutzner (Haut-commissariat de l'Australie au Canada), gave a 30-minute presentation of Australia's defence and strategic posture in the near future, and I must say, as a student of strategic studies, I was blown away.
Australia is a perfect example of what a medium international and major regional power can achieve with sound policies. In a nutshell, Australia's policy is made up of two aspects: defend the national territory's integrity (against a variety of threats, ranging from people smugglers and pirates to full-blown ballistic strikes coming from potential threats such as DPRK) and its approaches (Australia is after all an island), and maintain a deployment capability in the immediate area of strategic interest (mostly SE Asia) and worldwide as part of the commitment to the global war on terror. This policy is supported by high-end technology rather than numbers. Australia recently acquired AEW aircrafts, built a sophisticated radr detection network to protect the northern approaches and will acquire Aegis-equipped destroyers. A well-maintained air force supplements the Navy for national defence as well as provide a stand-off strike capability with the acquisition of SLAM-ER missiles.
To further deployment capabilities, the Navy has acquired two high-end amphibious assault ships similar to those who form the core of the US MEU(SOC). Those ships will guarantee a capability to deploy rapidly and for a long duration anywhere in the region, a force built around the battalion combat group. Accordingly, cooperative training between ADF and US forces has shifted from the Hawai-based 25th ID to USMC MEUs as main partners on the US side. Basically, all three of the ADF's land brigades will soon have all the mission capabilities of the US MEU(SOC), making the ADF infantry battalion a force to be truly reckoned with. The SF entity has also been expanded, a reflection of their central role in the war on terrorism.
The latest defence White paper also incorporates lessons learned from recent successful operations in east Timor and the Solomon islands, as well as the results of studies on the mutual impacts of strategic and economic policies, making the new defence policy incredibly well-rounded and comprehensive. The core principle is that, although Australia remains an active member of many military and political alliances, it seeks the ability to achieve its objectives independantly as well as part of a larger coalition. This makes for a nation that retains on the one hand a secure situation in terms of national security and sovereignty as well as a truly siginificant impact on world affairs. Quite simply, an amazing yet quiet achievement.
I was especially impressed, since Canada falls in the same category as Australia in terms of power. However, we don't have, as of now, a fraction of its power. We do have the potential, Australia was in much of the same situation as lately as 8 years ago. The change in policy undertaken by the Howard government truly turned that around. Canada could achieve a similar degree of national security and sovereignty (especially with future issues such as the NW passage and fishing banks, which we fail at protecting right now) and most importantly, the necessary strategic weight to make our voice heard on a global scale. It's especially frustrating to look at our forces rot away, further letting Canada slip in political irrelevance, when we have the potential to achieve the same prominence Australia does. We NEED a serious shift in political mentality though. I can only hope the Canadian people someday realize we NEED a serious military potential and a sound defence and strategic policy if we want to secure our quality of life and our impact on world affairs. And I hope it happens soon.
Until then, do you Aussies take fellow Commonwealth volunteers in the ADF? Laughing Wink
Originally posted by russiankid
... so they made a medium power defence policy??? and thats what Canada should do 2???
Originally posted by Uk_United
By the way those 6 COLLINS class submarines have to be repaired and theres a high chance they might not even work. If we needed subs right now at this very second we wouldn't have any. So count those submarines out now.
P.S Aussies are real suckers for buying second and soemtimes third hand equipment from the usa which generally takes billions to repair.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
How do the Collins class fare out in blue water territory?
Originally posted by Uk_United
Umm I haven't just wildly accused stuff, the Collins submarines have had over 7 billion spent on their repair so don't bs me about my facts. This figure was out of the Australian defence budget for 2004 so this is a fact!!!