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Australia needs a new strategy to guide its defense planning

By establishing priorities, Canberra can better prioritize use of resources

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Australian and U.S. navy ships in the South China Sea in 2020: The Australian military has been used most heavily in the service of U.S. alliance interests and crisis responses.   © Reuters

Rebecca Strating is a professor of international relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne and director of La Trobe Asia. Nick Bisley is dean of the university's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor of international relations.

The Australian government laid out plans last month to more than double its naval surface fleet as part of a major overhaul of the nation's maritime war-fighting capacity with the express goal of attaining "enhanced lethality."

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