Defending Australia in the digital age: toward full spectrum defence

Jai Galliott*

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Australian defence strategy is disjointed and incomplete. Some would say that it is non-existent. Either way, this paper argues that Australia’s underwhelming approach to defence is the product of a crippling geographically focused strategic dichotomy, with the armed forces historically having been structured to venture afar as a small part of a large coalition force or, alternatively, to combat small regional threats across land, sea, and air. However, it is argued that Australia can no longer afford to drift between these two settings and must take measures to define a holistic “full spectrum defence” strategy and develop capability to fight effectively and independently across all domains of the twenty-first century-battlespace: land, sea, air, space, and the cyber realm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-175
Number of pages19
JournalDefence Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • drones
  • cyber
  • Australia
  • strategy
  • spectrum


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