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Author Australia. Department of Defense

Title Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific century : force 2030
Published [Canberra?] : Commonwealth of Australia, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (140 pages : digital, PDF file
Summary This new Defence White Paper explains how the Government plans to strengthen the foundations of Australia's defence. It sets out the Government's plans for Defence for the next few years, and how it will achieve those plans. Most importantly, it provides an indication of the level of resources that the Government is planning to invest in Defence over coming years and what the Government, on behalf of the Australian people, expects in return from Defence. Ultimately, armed forces exist to provide Governments with the option to use force. Maintaining a credible defence capability is a crucial contributor to our security, as it can serve to deter potential adversaries from using force against us or our allies, partners and neighbours. It is the Government's policy that the main role of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) should continue to be an ability to engage in conventional combat against other armed forces. The ADF must also be prepared to play its part in dealing with intra-state conflict, an enduring feature, and assessed to be the most common form of conflict in the period to 2030. Australia's armed forces must also be able to contend with non-state global actors. Defence's vital role in supporting domestic security and emergency response efforts will continue, and Defence will support these areas of Commonwealth responsibility
Notes Title from cover screen (viewed May 12, 2009)
Mode of access: World Wide Web
System requirements: Adobe Reader
Commonwealth of Australia 2009 This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Department of Defence
Subject Australia. Department of Defence.
Military planning -- Australia.
National security -- Australia.
Australia -- Military policy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0642297029
Other Titles At head of title: Defence white paper 2009