• Credit: Richard Marles via Twitter
    Credit: Richard Marles via Twitter

The Government has announced details of the Defence Strategic Review, including the Terms of Reference and the independent leads who will conduct the Review.

"In 2020, the Defence Strategic Update identified that changes in Australia’s strategic environment are accelerating more rapidly than predicted in the 2012 Force Posture Review," Deputy PM and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said. "This necessitates an immediate analysis of where and how Defence assets and personnel are best positioned to protect Australia and its national interests. It also requires an assessment of Defence’s force structure and Integrated Investment Program.

“Exploring how our capabilities can better integrate and operate with the United States, the United Kingdom and other key partners will also be an important element of the Review."

The government has appointed former Minister for Defence, Professor Stephen Smith and former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Angus Houston to conduct the Review.

"This work will help ensure that the ADF is well positioned to meet the nation’s security challenges over the next decade and beyond," Albanese said. “Professor Smith and Sir Angus bring a unique blend of knowledge and experience to their role as independent leads. Their depth of expertise will be invaluable in informing the Review."

Professor Smith and ACM (Ret'd) Houston will deliver the Review and its recommendations to government in early 2023.

A copy of the Terms of Reference can be found here.

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