1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2004
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2004
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In February 2003, the Minister for Defence published an update to Australia’s defence policy, Australia’s National Security: A Defence Update 2003. The 2003 Defence Update described Australia’s changed strategic circumstances and identified the need for some re-balancing of capabilities and priorities to take account of the new strategic environment. The major changes to the strategic environment identified in the 2003 Defence Update were the emergence of new and more immediate threats from terrorism and increased concerns about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The 2003 Defence Update also noted the continuing economic, political, governance and social challenges facing countries in the region.