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Australian Defence Force Posture Review

On 22 June 2011 Minister for Defence Stephen Smith announced a Force Posture Review to assess whether the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is best-positioned geographically to meet Australia’s modern and future strategic and security challenges. 

The Department of Defence will undertake the Review with oversight by an expert panel made up of two renowned Australian national security specialists: Dr Allan Hawke and Mr Ric Smith.

The Review will help provide a strategic context for the next Defence White Paper scheduled for the first quarter of 2014, and will address the range of present and emerging global, regional and national strategic and security factors which require careful consideration for the future, including:

It will build on the strategic and capability judgements contained in the Defence White Paper 2009 Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030, and consider the implications for Force Posture from the array of emerging strategic and security influences.

Defence’s assessment of basing requirements and the possible resulting changes to Defence’s estate over the next 25 years will also inform the Review.

Finally, it will complement the work currently underway with the United States on the ongoing United States Global Force Posture Review by the joint Australian-United States working group.
The panel undertaking the Force Posture Review will provide a progress report to the Minister for Defence before the end of 2011, with a final report provided to Government during the first quarter of 2012. 

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Defence White Paper 2009 Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030

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