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24 Michael Evans Similarly, Australia’s dispatch of military forces to restore governance to the Solomon Islands in July 2003 was based on an acknowledgment that modes of security have merged. Central to Australian policy was an explicit assumption that in an age of globalization, “failed states” act as regional magnets for networks of transnational dissidents and are not in the interests of any democratic country. 4 The threat to Australia’s national security posed by a conjunction of regional instability and global terrorism was again emphasized by the present Minister for Defense, Senator Robert Hill, in October 2003.

99 The 2000 White Paper’s belief in the advantages of Australia developing information capabilities to achieve advantages in warfare was reinforced when, in September 2002, the Knowledge Edge entered Australian military doctrine. 101 Challenges to the Australian Knowledge Edge: The Budget Crisis and a Changing Security Environment, 2000–03 Although Australian defense planners expect much from the long-term benefits of the Knowledge Edge and an increasingly networked military, success depends not simply on ideas and concepts, but also on adequate resources and upon the course of strategic events.

124–125. 2 Australia’s A pproach to the Revolution in M ilitary A ffairs, 1994– 2004 1 Michael Evans We have got to have an information edge. We have just seen 21st-century warfare. General Peter Cosgrove, Chief of the Australian Defense Force on the Iraq War, May 1, 2003 Since the late 1990s, Australian defense planners have confronted the reality that the globalization of security means that national and international approaches to defense can no longer be easily separated. The long period in which Australia could rest its defense policy upon protecting its own strategic geography came to an end, initially with Australian intervention in East Timor in 1999, and then, with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the United States.

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