Australia back to drawing board on Defence


Australia’s military chiefs are rethinking the nation’s ability to deal with security threats in the Indo-Pacific.

The major reassessment comes only three years after the government released its last Defence white paper.

That paper identified US-China relations, challenges to global order, terrorism and state fragility as the major trends shaping the region.

But Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says the paper underestimated the speed of change.

“The world has changed more quickly than we assessed in 2016,” Senator Reynolds will tell a conference in Sydney on Tuesday.

“We need to assess these changes and challenges in a hard-headed manner to adapt to the rapidly changing world around us.”

The minister said Defence would need to change its strategy, capability and organisational structures to prepare for the decades ahead.

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