Australia's 2009 defense white paper unveiled a great pile of proposed equipment orders and pledged a great deal of money to pay for them. It was, more than anything, Australia's long-term defense plan for coping with a rising China. Yet even then analysts doubted that the promised budget would be enough, and they wondered whether the extra money would really come through. It did not. Instead of delivering inflation-proof increases stretching until 2030, the government announced cuts as ...

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