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Issue 2 2016 Defence
The release of the White Paper can be considered a success, but it is
just the start of a much greater challenge to turn words into reality
Minister for Defence Marise Payne
ELIVERING a fully costed White
Paper that for first time aligns strategy,
capability and resources was a signifi-
cant task for Defence and Government.
A rigorous and methodical process was
conducted over two years to outline our strategic en-
vironment, our defence priorities and objectives, and
the capabilities needed to achieve these goals.
The release of the White Paper and the accompa-
nying Integrated Investment Program and Defence
Industry Policy is not the end of the process; it is the
The challenge is turning words into reality. The
work that went into producing the White Paper is the
foundation which the Government will use to ensure
our security and prosperity over the coming decades.
The Government is determined the White Paper
and its associated volumes will not be historical relics
that sit on the shelf to become a snapshot in time of
wishful thinking. We are determined to take the nec-
essary and difficult steps to ensure their implemen-
tation and to ensure the documents remain relevant
with regular reviews and updates.
The White Paper makes clear that our alliance
with the United States is at the core of our security
and defence planning. The alliance gives Australia
access to advanced technology that a nation of our
size cannot feasibly develop on its own, and our
interoperability with US forces is central to ensuring
the ADF’s potency. Together with Australia’s mem-
bership of the Five-Eyes community, the alliance
ensures Australia has access to, and is able to share,
vital intelligence for effective defence planning and
countering the threat of terrorism.
At the same time that Australia deepens our
relationship with US, we will increase our engage-
ment with partners across the Indo-Pacific including
Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, India
As the recent abhorrent attacks in Brussels and
Lahore have shown, terrorism is a global threat. The
attacks remind us of the need to assist other govern-
ments to maintain their own security and to work
with them to reduce the threat of returning foreign
fighters to our region. And, most importantly, to
protect our borders.
It is precisely why the Government’s approach
to our security needs to be agile and responsive to
threats as they develop. It is why we are committed to
regularly reviewing our formal strategic assessments
to ensure the implementation of the White Paper
remains on track.
The Government recognises that our military must
be at the cutting edge of science and technology.
More emphasis will be placed on the joint force,
bringing together different capabilities so the ADF
can apply more force more rapidly and more effec-
tively when required.
This means ensuring our Defence Force has the
ability to capture and share information more quickly,
which is why we are making significant investment in
our intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, elec-
tronic warfare, space and cyber capabilities.
It is clear that to deliver the future capability out-
lined in the White Paper that Australian industry will
need to be fully engaged.
Reforming our shipbuilding industry and im-
plementing a continuous build strategy is the most
significant of all the challenges. The White Paper is a
clear and unambiguous statement that a strong, viable
and sustainable sovereign naval shipbuilding industry
is a vital element of our nation’s defence capability.
We are going to need educational institutions to
train and skill the workforces we require; research
and scientific organisations to help us stay at the lead-
ing edge; unions and industry working co-operatively
to ensure we have a sustainable industry at the right
price; and state governments working together for the
benefit of the whole nation.
Despite our complex strategic outlook, Australia
is in an extremely enviable position. We are on the
doorstep of Asia’s economic transformation and I’m
confident the plans we are implementing will ensure
our future security, enable us to support our neigh-
bours in times of need, and ensure we seize the op-
portunities this unprecedented development presents.
“WE ARE DETERMINED
TO TAKE THE
SENATOR MARISE PAYNE,
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
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