You searched for: Content Type Policy Brief Remove constraint Content Type: Policy Brief Publishing Institution American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Remove constraint Publishing Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Political Geography Australia Remove constraint Political Geography: Australia Topic Economics Remove constraint Topic: Economics
- Author: Andrew Shearer
- Publication Date: 08-2013
- Content Type: Policy Brief
- Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- Abstract: Like many other Western states, following the Cold War, Australia cut its defense budget, resulting in significant shortfalls in key military capabilities. Since the mid-1990s, successive Australian governments have outlined plans intended to boost the capabilities of Australia's armed forces. However, these strategic ambitions have in recent years been undercut by changes in government spending priorities and shortfalls in the national budget, jeopardizing the long-standing technological advantage Australian forces have enjoyed over other states in the region. As major Asian states such as China continue to grow their economies and modernize their armed forces, Australia must commit sufficient resources to its modernization agenda or risk losing its ability to help shape the Asia-Pacific security environment and risk fulfilling its role as a key US partner in America's pivot to Asia.
- Topic: Foreign Policy, Defense Policy, Cold War, Economics, Armed Forces
- Political Geography: Africa, United States, China, Asia, Australia