The Australian government has agreed to implement the recommendations of a review of the country's military capabilities, which focuses on building deterrence against potential aggressors through long-range strikes.


The Defence Strategic Review report highlights the following key points:

  • China's military buildup and competition with the US pose a significant threat to Australian interests.
  • Climate change will increase the need for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
  • To deter attacks on Australian forces or territory, the country needs to develop a resilient and capable military.
  • The report calls for the urgent development of weapons such as long-range and high-speed missiles and the ability to manufacture them in Australia.
  • The Army will lose some of its planned armoured force but will take on a key missile defence role.
  • The review calls for upgrades and development of the northern bases, ports and barracks to commence immediately.
READ The National Defence: Defence Strategic Review 2023



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