Dealing with compelling maritime threats: The case for unmanned systems

Positioned astride the nexus of three great oceans, the Pacific, the Indian and the Southern, Australia has been a contributor to— and has benefited from—the dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region. As readers of Asia–Pacific Defence Reporter are well aware, globalisation has brought unimagined prosperity to the region, and Australians know how connected the country is to the economic fate of the Indo-Pacific.

The statistics that describe the region that stretches, “from polar bears to Penguins, and from Hollywood to Bollywood” covers 52% of the earth’s surface, contains 36 countries (spanning 16 time zones), is home to almost 3.5 billion people and boasts the world’s three largest…

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