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Budget battle looms for new Defence head

By Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies writes that Defence is facing a raft of internal and external challenges, including the delivery of expensive platforms like the AWD and amphibious ships, the acquisition of 100 Joint Strike Fighters, and budgetary pressures that have seen Defence end up with substantially less money. "Now something has to give," Dr Davies writes. "Either next year's white paper is going to have to take a more modest approach to the design of the future defence force, or it's going to have to provide more money."


Australian Financial Review, p47