In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, former Australian ambassador to the US and Opposition Leader, the Hon Kim Beazley AC, joins hosts Steve Kuper and Liam Garman to discuss the impact of the Defence of Australia policy and the role it continues to play in the modern world.
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The trio discuss:
- The geopolitical shifts in the late Cold War that went into shaping the 1987 Defence White Paper, best known for the formalisation of the Defence of Australia doctrine.
- The way in which the Defence of Australia policy continues to shape the Australian Defence Force and its force posture to this day.
- The end of the era of “warning time” and the important lessons Beazley learned during his time as the Australian ambassador to the United States.
- Finally, the trio wrap up discussing the rapidly changing reality of the world and some predictions ahead of the 2024 US general election.
Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team
Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:
Episode 412: PODCAST: Unpacking the concept of the ‘Balanced Fleet’, with Jennifer Parker, ANU National Security College
Episode 411: PODCAST: Digital defence infrastructure, with former US Special Operations Command director of networks and services, Colonel (ret’d) Joseph M Pishock
Episode 410: SPOTLIGHT: Securing leading talent in the defence industry, with Shelley Willsmore and Miranda Van Hooff
Episode 409: PODCAST: Government commitment to defence based on considered, direct action, with Meryl Swanson MP
Episode 408: PODCAST: Improving ICT Hardware Sustainment essential to the future of Defence and National Security by Nick Asscher and Bill Freeman, Touchpoint
Episode 407: PODCAST: Opposition Defence team scathing of government’s commitment to Defence and defence industry
Episode 406: PODCAST: The lead up to Indo Pacific 2023
Episode 405: PODCAST: Military aircraft news around the world, with the Australian Aviation editor Adam Thorn
Episode 403: PODCAST: Facilitating defence industry innovation, with Professor Emily Hilder
Episode 402: SPOTLIGHT: Driving forward Australia’s maritime capability, with Sir Nick Hine
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