The 2016 Defence White Paper is a document published by the Department of Defence outlining the Australian Government’s strategic plan for the Australian Defence Force out to 2035. The paper describes the need for improvement in the capabilities of the ADF, as well as plans for restructure and review of the three Services.
The paper outlines three strategic interests:
- A secure, resilient Australia – the capability to deter, deny and defeat an attack on Australia by a foreign military power: a key element of this objective is Australia’s military alliance with the U.S.
- A secure nearer region – including security partnerships with Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and other Pacific Island nations.
- A stable Indo-Pacific region – addressing rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, including the increased military power of China.
Review the White Paper and join our discussion on what the ADF should be considering in terms of its strategic future interests.