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Golden Window of Opportunity:
A New Maritime Strategy and Force Structure for the Australian Navy
Author: Stephan Frühling
Volume 4, Number 2 (Winter 2008), pp. 81-104.
The overall force structure of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has not been explicitly linked to Australian strategic objectives since the 1987 White Paper. This article proposes a new maritime strategy for common defence operations in South East Asia and the defence of Australia. It is based on sea denial by RAN submarines in enemy home waters, and a second layer to deny the approaches to the continent or the archipelago. The current fleet building programme, centred on Air Warfare Destroyers and new amphibious ships, is not aligned with these priorities. Both programmes should be cancelled or re-structured, and a continuous build of new submarines begun well in advance of the retirement of the Collins class boats.
About the Author
Dr Stephan Frühling is Lecturer in the Graduate Studies in Strategy and Defence Program of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, and Managing Editor of Security Challenges. His primary areas of interest include Australian defence planning, strategic theory, and nuclear strategy. email@example.com.