Can Australia defend itself in the Asian century? How seriously ought we take the risk of war? Do we want to remain a middle power? What kind of strategy, and what Australian Defence Force, do we need?
In this groundbreaking book, Hugh White considers these questions and more. With exceptional clarity and frankness, he makes the case for a reconceived defence of Australia. Along the way he offers intriguing insights into history, technology and the Australian way of war.
Hugh White is the country's most provocative, revelatory and yet realistic commentator on Australia's strategic and defence orientation. In an age of power politics and armed rivalry in Asia, it is time for fresh thinking. In this controversial and persuasive contribution, White sets new terms for one of the most crucial conversations Australia needs to have.
Hugh White is the author of The China Choice and two Quarterly Essays, Power Shift and Without America. He has been an intelligence analyst, journalist, senior adviser to Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and senior official in the Department of Defence, and was the principal author of Australia's 2000 Defence White Paper. White is professor of strategic studies at the ANU.
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