The most fundamental changes to the security environment are being caused by the nature, scale and speed of China’s military expansion. That case is made in Ross Babbage’s recently released Kokoda Paper, Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030. This report highlights how China is starting to contest the Western Allies' operational sanctuary in space, the security of their operational bases in the Western Pacific, the security of their naval vessels at sea, the security of Western Pacific airspace and the security of allies surveillance, situational awareness, logistic and other information networks.
At this seminar Ross Babbage will discuss the primary conclusions and recommendations from this study. Most notably he will argue that Australia does not have the option of ignoring or standing aloof from these developments. He will also explain why he believes that a ‘steady as she goes’ simple modernisation of Australia’s current national security capabilities would not be effective in balancing and offsetting the rising People’s Liberation Army and optimising Australia’s security for the medium and long term.
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