Australia's Offset and A2/AD Strategies

By The Cove January 18, 2021


As the world's largest island, Australia's security considerations are unique. In this article, Colonel Ian Langford discusses the importance of Anti Access /Area Denial (A2/AD) to our strategic planning. 


Anti Access - Enemy actions that inhibit military movement into an area.

Area Denial - Activities that seek to deny freedoms of action within an area under the enemy's control.

The article provides detail on the ADF's Offset Strategy in the Asia Pacific region, concentrating on eight core tactical competencies and concepts that are aimed at providing Australia and allied joint forces the necessary edge for future military contests for access. These include:

  1. Electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare
  2. Technologically intensive human focused decision making
  3. Integrated air and missile defence systems
  4. Manned and machine teaming
  5. Defended and defending communications networks
  6. Dark systems
  7. Anti position navigation timing protection and disruption systems
  8. Directed energy systems.



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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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