The Defence, Strategy and Capability Program covers ASPI’s traditional core work in the strategic policy field. It focuses on broad strategic policy settings, global and regional security environments, the operational needs of the Australian Defence Force, the development of our defence capabilities, and issues associated with defence funding and budgets. Over the years ASPI has made nationally-recognised contributions in all those fields, and they remain central to ASPI’s work agenda even as it has expanded to embrace new programs and responsibilities.
The program analyses the interplay between wider strategic trends and the role of military force, including:
how changing power relativities affect military affairs
the role of conventional and nuclear weapons in the 21st century
the strategic impact of economic, demographic and other trends.
It also analyses the capability of the ADF through all stages of its life cycle. This includes:
identifying requirements for future capability
analysing competing options for materiel solutions
tracking the progress of projects in the Integrated Investment Plan
exploring issues related to ADF personnel matters, including recruitment, retention and training
assessing ADF capability against regional militaries.
The program also analyses and assesses Australia’s defence budgets and the wider range of activities required to produce and support the ADF’s capabilities. This includes:
defence funding over both the short and long term
policies and capabilities of the defence industry
project management strategies
defence economic trends, especially as they apply to materiel.