Australia’s Principles of War

Australia’s region is in the ‘midst of the most consequential strategic realignment since World War II and trends, including military modernisation, technological disruption and the risk of state-on-state conflict, are further complicating our nation’s strategic circumstances’.[1] In response, Australia’s strategic policy framework, the 2020 Defence Strategic Update, signals ‘Australia’s ability – and willingness – to project military power and deter actions against [our nation]’.[2]

Under this policy framework, Australia’s ‘strategic objectives are to deploy military power to shape Australia’s strategic environment, deter actions against our interests and, when required, respond with credible military force’.[3]Fundamental to Australia’s credibility, capacity and capability to shape, deter and respond, is our application of the ten Australian Defence Force (ADF) principles of war:[4]

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