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The Challenge of Aligning Policy with Strategic Culture
Author: David J. Kilcullen
Volume 3, Number 4 (November 2007), pp. 45-65.
Regardless of its political orientation, any government elected at the end of 2007 will face a series of important strategic choices. As this article shows, an important element in the new government’s strategic decision-making will be the need to ensure that Australia’s defence and broader national security policy aligns with the long-running stream of Australian strategic culture, which in turn reflects Australia’s enduring strategic circumstances.
About the Author
Dr David Kilcullen has just returned from Baghdad, where he was senior counterinsurgency advisor, Multi-National Force Iraq. Before serving in Iraq he was chief counterterrorism strategist for the U.S. State Department. In this role he designed and led the implementation of the Regional Security Initiative, the policy framework that drives United States diplomatic efforts in the War on Terrorism. He previously served as a senior analyst in Australia’s Office of National Assessments. He is a former Australian infantry officer with operational service in East Timor, Bougainville and the Middle East, service with the British Army and as an advisor with Indonesian Special Forces. He worked in the Pentagon as special adviser for counterterrorism during the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review, advised an Arabian Gulf state on counter-terrorism in 2004, and was a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s writing team for Australia’s 2004 White Paper on Terrorism. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2000, analyses the political power-diffusion effects of guerrilla warfare on traditional societies, and involved fieldwork with members of Dar’ul Islam, the forerunner to Indonesian terrorist group Jema’ah Islamiyah. firstname.lastname@example.org.