Australia Must Enter the Grey Zone to Counter Threats of the Future
Australia has responded to its rapidly deteriorating security environment with a major course correction. The 2020 Defence Strategic Update provides the rationale for Australia’s acquisition of a range of expensive new military capabilities so that the Australian Defence Force can, if necessary, better fight a “high-intensity war”, or preferably deter our adversaries from engaging us in one. But what if, before we reach this crisis point, our government finds that China is already entrenched in the island states around Australia’s north and east?
What if Australia’s critical infrastructure has been sabotaged through cyber means? What if Australia’s leaders and their constituents are so confused and divided by an onslaught of fake news that they can’t make critical decisions?
To its credit, the strategic update addresses the risk of such a fait accompli. Defence’s new first strategic objective (before “deter” and “respond”) is to “shape Australia’s strategic environment”…MORE