Issues paper: Defence key topics ahead of white paper


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Ahead of the next white paper on Defence Force capability, the department has released a paper of key topics for consideration.

As part of consultations prior to the 2015 Defence White Paper, the Department of Defence has released a 50-page issues paper containing a summary of the key issues for consideration.

The government is seeking input on the following key questions:

  • What are the main threats to, and opportunities for, Australia’s security?
  • Are Defence’s policy settings current and accurate?
  • What defence capabilities do we need now, and in the future?
  • How can we enhance international engagement on defence and security issues?
  • What should the relationship be between Defence and defence industry to support Defence’s mission?
  • How should Defence invest in its people, and how should it continue to enhance its culture?

According to Defence Minister David Johnston:

“The purpose of this Defence Issues Paper is to set out the essential and fundamental issues for consideration as part of the development of the Defence White Paper.

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