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Positioning Navies for the Future

Ed: Jack McCaffrie (702/35955)
Publisher: Sea Power Centre - Australia, ISBN: 1920831339

The 21st century confronts the RAN and the navies of the world with a new environment.

  • Terrorists are now as likely to pose a threat as hostile states are.
  • International conventions are remapping the oceans and adding new policing roles.
  • Global coalitions demand higher levels of interoperability and joint planning.
  • Innovations in munitions pose challenges for today's warship designers.

Repeatedly, pundits remind us that defence forces must move with the times-but how often do they say what that means in substance? This is exactly the challenge taken by the eminent contributors to this book.

Senior representatives from navies of five continents and of island states reveal directly the demands they expect to face and the plans they have to meet them.

Leading analysts of world events explain the new international environment and pinpoint its implications for sea power.

Young officers of the RAN envisage a future decade and their ideas for development of the RAN.

Experts in strategy, technology and international law add their insights, to generate a picture which no one with a stake in future maritime affairs can afford to disregard.

September 2008

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