War Studies Seminar Series 13 February 2017
The concepts of strategic culture and the notion of a national ‘way of war’ are both widely used and hotly debated in strategic studies. However, very few studies have concentrated on defining these concepts in relation to Australia. This podcast by Associate Professor Peter Dean presented an updated understanding of Australian strategic culture based on some of the most recent conceptual thinking on the topic. It outlines: that despite being made up of a series of competing strategic subcultures Australia’s strategic culture has been dominated by its relationship with its great and powerful friends; and that since the Second World War the debate within Australian strategic elites has been dominated by competing views about how to set strategic policy, force structure and how to use military force within the confines of the ANZUS alliance.