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Australian Strategic Policy
and the Age of Uncertainty
Author: Allan Behm
Volume 5, Number 2 (Winter 2009), pp. 11-20.
The Defence White Paper proposes a force structure that will provide a sound basis for Australia’s defence over coming decades. But the arguments on which it substantiates the future force structure are misconceived. Instead of conjuring up a strategic environment that will become more ’threatening’, it should have focused on developing a credible risk management matrix. It should also have focused on the demands Australia faces in conducting military operations in an area that extends from north of the Indonesian archipelago to the Southern Ocean, and from the Indian Ocean to the central Pacific.
About the Author
Allan Behm is a director of three advising groups, including Knowledge Pond, an international team that advises on strategic and political risk. He has worked previously in Foreign Affairs (Kuala Lumpur and Geneva), PM&C (Senior Defence Advisor), Defence (Head, Asia Branch, Strategic Policy Branch, International Policy Division, Strategic Policy Division) and Attorney-General’s (Head, PSCC, Security Division, Federal Justice Office and General Manager, AGS). firstname.lastname@example.org.