Defending Australia

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  • Defending Australia
  • Volume 416
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • Print book ISBN: 978 1 925339 32 1
  • E-book ISBN: 978 1 925339 33 8
  • Year: 2017
  • E-book: $28.00 - pre-order now! (due 25/04/2017)

Australia is in the process of updating and strengthening its defence capabilities against a potential major aggressor. The latest government white paper has outlined a massive increase in military spending and confirmed the direction of Australia’s defence policy and strategy. This book examines the operational priorities and capabilities of the Australian army, navy and airforce as well as exploring the nation’s planned strategic direction. Topics also include Australia’s defence history, current war operations and peacekeeping contributions around the globe, the inclusion of more women in the Australian Defence Force, and the plight of returned veterans. A key focus of the book is the nation’s increased defence budget and upgrading of capabilities such as new submarines, frigates and fighter aircraft, at a time when Australia must adapt to a complex strategic and diplomatic environment which is dominated by long-term major ally the United States and the emerging military might of China in the Asia-Pacific region. When should Australians take up arms, and what are the costs and consequences of war? Are Australia’s strategic defence policies, capabilities and alliances enough to protect us from attack?