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Diversifying Air Power: Broadening Air Force’s value proposition in an age of high contest

  • Published: 22 May 2020
  • Author: Peter Hunter
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This publication augues that for Air Force to meet the challenges of Australia’s current geostrategic environment, and remain relevant, it must broaden the options it provides to the Australian Government. In addition to its traditional combat roles, it must maximise its contribution to national-level influence and deterrence. Australia faces constant contestation in the grey zone, and powers in the Indo-Pacific have adopted political warfare methods which deliberately blur the distinction between war and peace. To meet this reality, Air Force should move to a mode where it is ‘competing constantly’. By capitalising on its advanced capabilities and its culture of innovation, Air Force can substantially contribute to Australia’s ability to project national influence in the Indo-Pacific.