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

Closer Taiwan ties show alignment of Australia’s economic and strategic priorities

Despite China’s concerns, Australia and the United States appear to be building closer diplomatic and economic ties with Taiwan.
PME Level All levels
1382
Strategic Influences

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Getting Force Design Right in the Next National Defense Strategy

This article argues that the US National Defense Strategy should develop high-level deterrence capabilities and reduce expenditure on anything that does not support that aim.
PME Level All levels
1383
Strategic Influences

What is COP26 and why does the fate of Earth, and Australia’s prosperity, depend on it?

This article argues that Australia needs to attend the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to maintain our international reputation and our future prosperity.
PME Level All levels
1381
Strategic Influences

PNG and Fiji were both facing COVID catastrophes. Why has one vaccine rollout surged and the other stalled?

Strong leadership and public support have enabled Fiji to achieve nearly complete vaccination against Covid-19; however, misleading social media and untrustworthy politicians has left PNG with a very low vaccination rate.
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Strategic Influences

Predicting global conflicts

A lot of research is being undertaken to predict future conflicts—and the results are fascinating.
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Strategic Influences

US and UK begin jostling to supply Australia with nuclear submarine fleet

Now that Australia has decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, the next step is to decide which one to build.
PME Level All levels
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Strategic Influences

Women, Warriors and Warfare: When the best man for the job is a woman

Women are a vital component in the whole of nation approach required for Australian security.
PME Level All levels
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Strategic Influences

Culture, Values and ‘Being a good human’

The Air Force Strategy (AFSTRAT) was released in September 2020 with the intent of informing how Air Force will posture itself to deliver air and space power effects to meet broader Defence objectives.
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Strategic Influences

How will the Australia- Japan relationship fare under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida?

This ASPI article argues that the strong Australia –Japan relationship is likely to continue under new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
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Strategic Influences

Australia must adopt unorthodox options to disrupt China’s grey-zone threat.

Australia needs a whole of government approach to counter Chinese Grey-Zone operations in our region.
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