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Australia needs a national security strategy to direct how military capability could be employed to shape the environment, deter and respond to threats.

Summary

NSW senator, MAJGEN Jim Molan (Rtd), reminds us that our 2013 National Security Strategy (NSS) is outdated and needs to be replaced to inform how Defence's newest military capabilities would be put to best effect to secure the nation's sovereignty. Molan notes the shifting global power dynamics and the US' relative decline vis a vis a more assertive China, North Korea, Russia, Iran and radical ideologies.His observations assert that discussions focusing on defence capabilities and acquisitions should be subsequent to reaching agreement on what the nation is prepared to do in its self-defence vide a national security strategy.We have the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and Force Structure Plan, what do you see differeing between these and a NSS?