Australian defence policy and the concept of self-reliance

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    Since the Vietnam War, Australian defence policy has been based on the concept of self-reliance—the ability to defend Australia without allied combat forces. Self-reliance arose from concerns about US support in conflict with Indonesia. It has implications for Australian foreign policy, force structuring, joint operations and the defence industry, which were most coherently laid out in the 1987 White Paper. Later White Papers adapted this framework, but the 2013 White Paper seems to move towards a new approach to defence policy and strategy, which continued use of the term 'self-reliance' obscures rather than elucidates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)531-547
    JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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