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Monday security linkage


Rory Medcalf


15 March 2010 09:46


  • The recent US Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) emphasised the need for a new 'AirSea Battle' strategy to deal with growing Chinese and Iranian maritime anti-access capabilities. Andrew Krepinevich explains the why in this new paper. As for the how, you'll need to wait for the sequel.
  • Still on the QDR (which went largely unreported in the Australian media) here is one aspect that drew surprisingly little public attention: a fairly blunt commitment to developing capabilities and plans for intervening in failing states in possession of weapons of mass destruction. As it says on page 35, the US military will need to be able to 'locate and secure WMD and WMD components' in situations where 'responsible state control' is at risk.  Names are diplomatically avoided, but this basically means potential intervention in Pakistan and North Korea. The good news is that the US military recognises the need to prepare for such scenarios, and is training for them. The bad news is that such scenarios are not fanciful.
  • Australia and other US partners rightly worry about the growing per-unit cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But what if India became an additional — and presumably big — buyer? It is certainly not being ruled out.
  • Also on India, the recent Bangalore Air Show (pictured) was the venue for arms manufacturers to show off their wares to the Indian military. And Russian Prime Minister Putin's visit has also led to new arms deals.
  • Still in India: in the lead-up to the October 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the mass mobilization of paramilitaries and police to guard the Hockey World Cup and cricket's Indian Premier League suggests that India really can protect major sporting events. Whether tourists as well as terrorists will be deterred by this crude style of security — with everything from cameras to coins to water bottles being confiscated at the door — is another matter.

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