1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003
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The outcome the Government requires from Defence is 'the defence of Australia and its national interests'. This reflects the broad requirements for Defence in a complex modern strategic environment. The outcome recognises the reality that activities detrimental to Australia’s security and national interests may not necessarily involve the use of armed force. Hostile foreign intelligence activities, or economic aggression, deliberate introduction by a foreign power of non-weaponised biological agents, or cyber attack on economically or militarily sensitive cyber-sites, are activities that do not involve the use of armed force, but may be extremely damaging to Australia and its national interests.