by Jennifer Coote

The Future of Australian Security Relationships

R. Lyon, W. T. Tow, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, paper Dec 03, assess the shift in the Australia-US security relationship, from Australian selfreliance to an ever deepening co-operation, despite economic, political and international constraints. The alliance will remain crucial for Australia because of:- the emerging asymmetric, global security threat; the evolution of Western technology towards network-centric warfare; and the inability of autonomous security policies and “orphan” capital equipment to provide a competent defense for continental Australia. The challenge will be to sustain political support for this relationship. (continue…)

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