Monday, 30 May 2011

Defence white paper wrong, says US officer

The US should thus make plain its role as guarantor of Australian security, allowing Canberra to soften the concept of defence self-reliance (known as the ''defence of Australia'' doctrine) which has underpinned the nation's strategic thinking since the late 1970s.

This would free Australia to spend less on multibillion-dollar high-end defence capabilities, such as the 12 new submarines envisaged by the white paper, and more on lower-level capabilities such as an improved amphibious arm which would have greater relevance to the region.

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