The Albanese Government announced details of the Defence Strategic Review, including the Terms of Reference and the independent leads who will conduct this Review for government.

In 2020, the Defence Strategic Update identified that changes in Australia’s strategic environment are accelerating more rapidly than predicted in the 2012 Force Posture Review. As our national security landscape changes, it is vital that our defence force remains positioned to meet our global and regional security challenges.

To meet these challenges, the Review will examine force structure, force posture and preparedness, and investment prioritisation, to ensure Defence has the right capabilities to meet our growing strategic needs.

This is a large task, and it is for this reason we have appointed two eminent leads to conduct the Review; former Minister for Defence, Professor the Hon Stephen Smith and former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d).

The Albanese Government is committed to ensuring we have a capable and sustainable Australian Defence Force, which is informed with the best possible strategic assessments.

As independent leads, Professor Smith and Sir Angus will ensure the Review’s recommendations to government meet this criteria.

Professor Smith and Sir Angus will deliver the Review and its recommendations to government in early 2023.

Submissions to the Review from all interested parties are welcome until noon AEST, Sunday 30 October 2022.

For more information or to submit a paper for consideration as part of the Review, visit

A copy of the Terms of Reference can be found here.



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  1. So does this mean that the decision on the IFV’s is now not just pushed out to September but subject to this review?
    Same with the Blackhawk purchase?
    If so our reputation for not being able to make up our minds or changing course at the drop of a hat will be further strengthened

  2. Smith?
    THE most inept and incompetent destructive MinDef in our history.
    He cut DoD Outlays to 1938 levels.
    Anonymous jobs for the leftist boys
    Watch the cuts start. They’ll go for Abrams even though we’ve signed that contract which the Commonwealth will again have to pay for.
    AHR will stay and spare us the “oh but they are now FOC.

    Nuclear subs were NEVER going to be kept as a kit buy.

    Richo nailed it before the election when he said whoever wins 2022 will lose the following election.

    Smith is a wrecker. He’s already told Russell don’t send him anything on the subs.

    Russell will again own the Minister, Russell is THE most dysfunctional Dept in history.

    I have conducted several audit reviews on them and they will NEVER change as it’s cultural and honeycombed dysfunctional S.

    We only have the RAAF for offensive capability.
    The JASSEMER is arguably the most critical decision made in decades.

    RAN Hobarts would be sunk within 10 minutes against the PLAN.

    As the race divider anti American President Obama said “elections have consequences”.

    Morrison was a dud all focus groups BS.
    Abbott never ‘got’ the Japanese civil servants were never going to share the Soryu intelligence.
    Turnbull a dud on steroids.
    Gillard the most disastrous PM along with the megalomaniac Rudd.

    The anger and frustration of SO many who work for govt and in industry is palpable.

    Marles as Dep PM AND MinDef? What a disgrace and joke.

    Russell needs a hard arse Minister who takes no BS and who’s a fanatical proponent in the ERC.

    Marles is a bantamweight.

    Australia’s strategic position is hopeless.


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