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Chief of the Defence Force Conference - Counterinsurgency and Stabilisation in the 21st Century
The Chief of the
Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has held the inaugural Chief of
the Defence Force Conference at the
entitled Beyond Asymmetry:
Counterinsurgency and Stabilisation in the 21st Century focuses on one of
the most challenging issues facing
Air Chief Marshal Houston said the two-day conference would enable the regional security community to come together to analyse the complexity of the modern strategic security environment.
interventions have occurred in our immediate region, in Timor-Leste in 1999 and
2006 and the
“Beyond our region,
we continue to contribute to military contingencies in areas such as the Middle
“Broadly, General Petraeus’ comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy uses all means available to us to target the insurgency’s support structures and destroying its ability to disrupt security, development and governance.
“Importantly, the effort is across governments, agencies, military and civilian areas of expertise.
“The ultimate aim for military commanders in any counterinsurgency and stabilisation mission is to ‘shape, clear, hold, build’ against insurgent adversaries and then to transfer the bulk of responsibility for security from the intervention forces to the indigenous forces.
“We must view the building of stability in fragile states as a process in which military assets, political timelines and development benchmarks are sequenced to allow a progressive handover to sustainable governments.”
The biennial conference allows military, civilian and academic professionals who work in the security environment to exchange ideas and learn from field experience and academic analysis.
The conference has
been internationally supported with presenters from
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