The recently released Defence Strategic Review sets out a more integrated national defence approach and clarifies the five critical missions for the Australian Defence Force (ADF); however, more details in some key areas would have been useful.


Mick Ryan writing for the ABC notes areas that could have been better covered by the report:
  • Firstly, the report should have covered Australia's strategic threats in more detail—especially the threat posed by China. 
  • Secondly, it needs to be quite clear who Australia is deterring. 
  • Thirdly, the report should have addressed the capability required to engage in long-range strike, fight close-range battles, and support them logistically with tactical and national sustainment.
  •  Fourthly, the integrated force concept should have been mentioned, including:
    • The enhanced development of joint leaders.
    • Developing AI-enabled digital battle command and control network.
  • Lastly, the report should have provided more details about the size of the future force and its funding and the rationale for reforming how the ADF recruits new members.
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