How Good was Howard?

Securing Australia’s “Special Intersection”

Since Federation Australian defence policy has oscillated between two contradictory schools of thought: continental defence (the security of home territory) and expeditionary defence (the security of vital interests). The intellectual architects of these two strategic schools were the leading Federation-era strategic thinkers, Captain (later Admiral) Sir William Creswell and Colonel (later Brigadier General) Hubert John Foster. In 1908, Creswell, the founding father of the Australian Navy, advocated an Australian defence policy based on continental naval defence with a subsidiary territorial role for the army. In contrast, Foster, a leading military writer of the time who became Chief of the Australian…

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