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Planning the unthinkable war: 'AirSea Battle' and its implications for Australia

By Benjamin Schreer

The publication, written by ASPI’s senior analyst in defence strategy Benjamin Schreer, analyses the US military’s new ‘AirSea Battle’ concept. In the Asia-Pacific region, the concept is primarily designed to counter China’s growing military power.

The paper says Australia does not have an interest in officially signing up to AirSea Battle at this point. In the unlikely event of a war with China the ADF could make a valuable military niche contribution independently of any public commitment to a concept that is still in its early stages. We should seek clarification from our US ally about the specifics of AirSea Battle and the role Australia could potentially play.

You can watch a video of Dr Schreer discussing this publication on ASPI's YouTube channel.