With global instability worsening—thanks to Russia and China, in particular—Australia will increase the number of uniformed Defence personnel to almost 80,000 personnel.
This article by Andrew Greene, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- The plan is to achieve that increase by 2040 amid strategic risks posed by China and Russia.
- The proposed $38 billion expansion would see the full-time Australian Defence Force grow to a size not seen since the Vietnam War.
- The Australian Government says the additional 18,500 uniformed personnel is 6,000 more than the ‘critical minimum’ recommended by Defence to cover casualties from armed conflict.
- Emerging battlefront domains such as space, information, and cyber warfare are also a focus of the planned expansion of the ADF.
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