In the 1990s the Royal Australian Air Force faces major changes and challenges arising from the need to maintain and enhance its operational capabilities with fewer resources. Air power may have been accorded a pre-eminent role in the defence of Australia due to geostrategic circumstances, but the RAAF has to learn to do more with less. By working smarter, not harder, it should still be possible to retain a qualitative edge.

But other countries- Australia's natural partners in preserving the security of the Asia-Pacific region-are confronted with the same challenge. While Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia all have advanced aerospace systems in their defence acquisition programs, they also face significant budgetary pressures. So what are the prospects for regional cooperation in air power?

As a platform for addressing current and prospective regional security concerns, this book provides a valuable contribution to exploring ideas and furthering dialogue in an area of vital concern to future regional security

Opening Remarks

Air Marshal I.B. Gration

Australia's Regional Security Policy in the 1990s

Professor P. Dibb

The Malaysian View of Regional Cooperation Prospects

Major General Datuk Ahmad Merican

Defence in New Zealand: Where We've Been and Where We are Going

Air Vice Marshal J.S. Hosie

Why Regional Cooperation is Inevitable

Brigadier General Bey Soo Khidng

The Canadian Air Force Flight PLan: Old Wine, New Bottles

Lieutenant General D. Huddleston

The Role of the Indonesian Air Force in Increasing Regional Resilience

Air Commodore F.X. Soejitno

Closing Address and Summation

Air Marshal I.B. Gration

Plenary Discussion