BLUFThis report argues that AUKUS is a technology accelerator to shift the military balance in the Indo Pacific without competing against the QUAD or lessening the importance of ASEAN forums by the AUKUS members.
This report by Michael Shoebridge, writing for the Strategist, makes the following points regarding AUKUS:
- It is much more than nuclear submarines.
- Members need to adopt new military technology.
- In Australia, this might only be achieved by appointing a “supremo “from outside Defence reporting directly to the Prime Minister.
- The Five-Eyes intelligence partnership will still remain relevant.
- AUKUS should support the Quad and the Australia–Japan–US trilateral.
- It needs clear, measurable performance indicators.
- In addition to nuclear submarines, it needs to focus on artificial intelligence, cybertechnologies, and quantum technologies.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2021 Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China | BBC News
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