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eBook: Lessons from Cato and the failure of imagination

Australia's strategic policy has suffered from a crisis of identity for decades. We are not alone in changing political priorities, mismanaged projects or having to adjust to evolving strategic circumstances. But we want to have it both ways, all the time, and without due care to how long it takes or how much it costs.

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10 January 2024
Mark Jeffries - Defence Partner
10 minutes

Australia's strategic policy has suffered from a crisis of identity for decades. We are not alone in changing political priorities, mismanaged projects or having to adjust to evolving strategic circumstances. But we want to have it both ways, all the time, and without due care to how long it takes or how much it costs.

In our new eBook 'Lessons from Cato and the failure of imagination', we ponder whether Defence has the ability to transform quickly before they miss the strategic window of opportunity forever.

This eBook also asks whether our adversary is:

  • prioritising effective mobilisation at the national level.
  • reprioritising Defence's Integrated Investment Program (IIP) to fund immediate ad long-term priorities.
  • allowing precious resources to become strategic commodities in an increasingly fraught environment.
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