J Molan, ‘A stronger Australia can be a more useful U.S. ally’, The Australian, 4 January 2018

In this article I argued that US military capability is not as large as it once was and Australia cannot rely on the US alliance in the way that it has.

Australia should be able to defeat any threat against it, but at the moment it would take a ridiculously long time to realise its amazing defence potential. And time is likely to be the one thing we do not have. I agree with Michael that our “approaches to defence planning are inadequate”, but there should be a rule in commentary such as ours: no comment is to be made about tactical issues, in which we are all brilliant, until we actually have a national security strategy.

‘A stronger Australia can be a more useful U.S. ally’