J Molan, ‘Why Our Defence Forces Face Terminal Decline’, Quadrant Online, 1 March 2013
In this article I have discussed the previous defence policies developed by the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments from 2007 to 2012.
I have commented that “The process is broken, the strategic thinking is confused, the denial of the world and regional situation is dangerous, the management of our allies and others has been confusing, the leadership team is dislocated, the delivery of anything except the most simple capability or those purchased directly from the USA is bumbling, the constant policy disruption is grossly wasteful, and the explanations to the Australian people about ADF capability and risk are duplicitous.
The result is a defence force in terminal decline and a people blissfully unaware. Australia is operating in a strategy-free environment. Even more than tanks and ships and planes, Australia needs a strategy and a government that can deliver it”