Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Debating Modern Defense

This is an interesting reflection on Australia's defense capabilities.  If a country does plan to invade Australia, it will come well-prepared.  59 tanks will not be much of a deterrent.  Such a small armored force can be handled with personal anti-tank weapons such as RPGs and mines.  The invaders will bring combat aircraft of their own in order to defeat Australia's air force and achieve air superiority.  With air superiority, armored forces won't be much of a threat.  To force the other side to transport heavy armored vehicles of their own, one must possess hundreds of heavy tanks.  That in turn will significantly increase defense expenditures in terms of the cost of purchasing and maintaining more tanks and training more personnel to operate and maintain them.  Alternatively, Australia might invest more heavily in air and naval defenses.

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