Summary

Williamson Murray and Mark Grimsley explain strategy as a 'process of constant adaption to shifting conditions and circumstances in the world where chance, uncertainty, and ambiguity dominate. Moreover, it is a world in which the actions, intentions, and purposes of other participants remain shadowy and indistinct, taxing the wisdom and intuition of the canniest policymaker.' Strategy involves 'human passions, values, and beliefs...' In such a world Carl von Clausewitz suggests that a strategy must always fall short in the face of such complexities. Influences are those 'levers' that shape or have an effect on strategic objectives such as economics drivers, proximity to potential adversaries, ideology, culture, history and preconceptions'. The Runway will focus specifically on our near region.


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Strategic Influences

A Tale of 2 Navies: Reviewing India and China’s Aircraft Carrier Procurement

China’s defence industry has matured rapidly, producing its own equipment quickly, whereas India still relies on some overseas produced weapons.
PME Level All levels
1176
Strategic Influences

COVID-19 and Fortress Australia

The Australian government’s restrictions on travel may have protected our health but may have come at the costs of our rights.
PME Level All levels
1184
Strategic Influences

Xi Jinping is about to make the most important strategic decision of our era

The Chinese Government is currently deciding its future global strategy; this article discusses the three possible strategic options available to China.
PME Level All levels
1163
Strategic Influences

The China-Pakistan Partnership Continues to Deepen

China and Pakistan share mutual strategic interests that continue to strengthen their relationship.
PME Level 4
1170
Strategic Influences

B-21 bomber could be Australia’s best long-range strike option

The ADF’s long-range capability gap could be filled by the acquisition of the B-21 stealth bomber, currently under development in the US.
PME Level All levels
1155
Strategic Influences

How to Keep India All-In on the Quad

Border disputes with China and growing trust in the United States have made India an enthusiastic supporter of the QUAD.
PME Level All levels
1157
Strategic Influences

Will synthetic production solve Australia’s liquid fuel problem?

Australia’s liquid fuel imports could be jeopardised during a military conflict, and having a home-grown synthetic fuel industry might help provide an alternative source.
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1152
Strategic Influences

China Policy and the Five Eyes

The Five Eyes Intelligence arrangement is about sharing information between members, which members can then use to inform their own foreign policy.
PME Level All levels
1140
Strategic Influences

Should Australia be LAWSless?

This article explores the dilemma of melding arms control with emerging technologies involving autonomous weapons systems.
PME Level 4
1149
Strategic Influences

The ADF needs knowledge if it’s to shape, deter and respond

To be fully prepared for any military engagement, Australia must further increase its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
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