Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith spoke yesterday at the Lowy Institute. While he may have left a lot unsaid about how Canberra can reconcile defence budget cuts with unchanged core strategic assessments and capability needs, at least he recognised the Indo-Pacific nature of Australia's strategic environment, something I will blog further about shortly.
Mr Smith also publicly promised to read Hugh White's stark and provocative new book The China Choice, which is making a big splash this week.
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today provided an update on a number of Defence capability projects and activities. Largs Bay Sales Agreement Signed Mr Smith and Mr Clare announced fi... Read Post
The Prime Minister and I [Defense Minister Stephen Smith] last week announced the commissioning of a new Defence White Paper to be delivered in the first half of 2013 that will consider the implications of Australia’s strategic and ... Read Post