The numerology of Australia’s new National Defence Strategy & investment plan
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Marcus Hellyer and Michael Shoebridge

In Episode 17, Marcus Hellyer and Michael Shoebridge assess the foundations of defence minister Richard Marles’ new National Defence Strategy, looking for clarity and focus that the welter of priorities, tasks and categories doesn’t provide. Instead of Australia’s military having ‘impactful projection’, the cuts to missile defence make Australia a likely victim of ‘impactful reception’. It turns out the strategy’s accompanying $330bn investment program is budget, not strategy, driven.