Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the expansion of the combat capabilities of the army and navy through planned introduction of new missile systems, signaling a change in Australia’s defense strategy.
The Australian Government has announced the most significant changes to Defence policy and capability plans since the 2016 Defence White Paper.
The new policy setting identifies three new strategic objectives for the ADF to counter the most consequential strategic realignment in the Indo-Pacific since World War II.
They are to deploy military power to shape Australia’s strategic environment, deter actions against Australia’s interests and, when required, respond with credible military force.
The government will invest about $270 billion over the coming decade in new and upgraded Defence capabilities, including more potent and long-range combat systems and more secure supply chains.
The government will also continue to deepen our alliance with the United States and strengthen our regional engagement across the Indo-Pacific, including through the Pacific Step-Up, and increase the ADF’s ability to respond to natural disasters, including within Australia.
For the full details of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan, go to https://www.defence.gov.au/StrategicUpdate-2020/