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Reviews and contestability: new directions for Defence

By Andrew Davies, Graeme Dobell, Peter Jennings, Mark Thomson, Ross Babbage, Allan Behm, Michael Clifford, Jan K Gleiman, Paddy Gourley and John O’Callaghan

The First Principles Review of Defence is arguably the most significant review of the defence establishment since the 1973 re-organisation led by Sir Arthur Tange. This Strategic Insights brings together a series of contributions to ASPI’s blog The Strategist written by ten experts with long experience and broad knowledge of Australia’s defence bureaucracy. They bring a wealth of different perspectives and point to significant challenges ahead for Defence if the reforms proposed by the First Principles Review are to succeed.