Defending the Lucky Country

The conundrums of Australian strategy are long-term concerns, and ones of which the Australians are quite aware. With regard to defense policy, as with other aspects of its national existence, Australia remains the lucky country, but one whose luc

Issue: Fall 1994

On returning from Australia I asked my graduate students in strategic studies the following question: what is the relative size of the Australian and Indonesian defense budgets? They made the same, grossly incorrect answer that I would have given some months earlier--about three to one in favor of the Indonesians. The proportions are just about the reverse. Until recently, in fact, Australia spent more on defense than did all ASEAN countries, and today its military spending is still roughly equivalent to that of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore combined.

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