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Management of Australia’s strategic risk becoming more demanding, warn strategists

17 November 2017

Two of Australia’s leading strategic thinkers have warned that Australia’s strategic outlook is deteriorating and that for the first time since the Second World War the country faces an increased prospect of threat from a major power.

Writing in a research paper for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Professors Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith stated that the expansion of China’s military capabilities meant that the warning time for potential contingencies will become shorter, thus introducing new complications in Australia’s approach to the management of strategic risk and the development of defence capability.

Professor Dibb was previously director of the Joint Intelligence Organisation (the predecessor to the Defence Intelligence Organisation), head of the national assessment staff, and a deputy secretary for strategic policy in the Department of Defence (DoD).

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