1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Defence maintains a force structure with the following major combat elements:
These major combat elements are integrated through a number of well developed command, communications and intelligence systems.
As well as developing capabilities to deal with major attacks for which significant warning might be expected, Defence maintains some forces at high readiness, able to respond to contingencies that might arise with little warning.
In accordance with the White Paper, the Australian Defence Force will be developed for the defence of Australia and for operations in its immediate region. Forces provided for coalition operations in support of wider interests will be drawn from this base. Air or naval forces would be more suitable for higher-intensity operations - Australia’s land forces will not be developed for major continental-scale warfare operations against well-armed adversaries possessing significant armour capabilities.