Skip to comments.Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China
Posted on 06/30/2020 7:24:20 PM PDT by RomanSoldier19
Australia will build a larger and more aggressive military focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region, warning Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly".
Mr Morrison also announced a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system.
Over the next decade the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is expected to grow by 800 people, comprising 650 personnel for Navy, 100 for the Air Force, and 50 for Army.
According to Defence's 2019-20 Budget Statement, the ADF was estimated to grow to 60,090 by this year, with 16,272 full-time public service staff.
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A potent navy, and leaders willing to use it, will be best for protecting their shores.
Well Ill be. How about re-arming your citizens? Just in case.
Tweet: Jerry Dunleavy, DC Examiner
In @TIME interview released today (one day after Uighur genocide report & same day China carried out Hong Kong takeover),
@NBA Commish Adam Silver said he understands China has “a different view of how things should be done” & “hopefully we can find mutual respect for each other.”
1 Jul 2020
There’s only one country that needs guarding against.
Will they? No. PC trump national security.
The Australian government has weighed the benefits of arming average citizens (excellent for fighting off a foreign invader) with the risk of arming average citizens (excellent for fighting off government oppression)—and decided to keep their citizens disarmed....
Unfortunately that is the kind of error you just get to make once....
The Navy is still too small, even with the planned and recent acquisitions. 3 Aegis DDG’s (the last of which commissions this year) and 9 Type 26 frigates under construction (probably to be enlarged to 10,000 tonnes and sporting CEAFAR 2 radars) are pretty potent but too few in number.
12 subs are planned, but don’t even start arriving until 2035 at the earliest.
I get the feeling that this is the first down payment of a larger Australian build up as the strategic situation is turning bad quicker than a bucket of milk under the summer sun.
Smart move on their part.....
While at it, arm all kangaroo’s on the great plains...
There is a RED DAWN type movie Australia version out there.
I believe it is this one Tomorrow When The War Began.
I think I actually saw that.
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