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  • Writer's pictureDavid James Connolly

National Defence: Defence Strategic Review 2023

National Defence Statement 2023

There is no more important and consequential task for Government than protecting

the security, interests and livelihoods of its people.

Accordingly, the Albanese Government commissioned an independent Defence

Strategic Review (the Review) to assess whether Australia had the necessary defence

capability, posture and preparedness to best defend Australia and its interests in the

strategic environment we now face.

The Government is grateful to His Excellency, the Hon Stephen Smith, and Air Chief

Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d) for leading this timely and consequential

work. It is the most ambitious review of Defence’s posture and structure since the

Second World War.

The Government supports the strategic direction and key findings set out in the

Review, which will inform all aspects of Australia’s defence policy, planning and

resourcing over the coming decades.

Report attached below.

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