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    Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Australia's new Defence Minister, David Johnston, says he wants to keep the military battle-ready for further possible conflicts in the unstable Middle East and south Asia.
    Senator Johnston said that after 14 years of involvement in overseas conflicts from East Timor to Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force had a strong fighting momentum that should not be lost as troops return from Afghanistan.
    In an interview with Fairfax Media, he said he plans to maintain and ''augment our readiness'' for future fights, which will most likely be in the unstable region stretching from Pakistan to the Levant, including even fresh trouble in Afghanistan.
    ''It will be Pakistan across to Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan. That's the area where there will be instability and that's the area that we might need to go back into at some point in the future.


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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    What's the debate?

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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What's the debate?
    Chuck Hagel is no David Johnston.

    David Johnston is competent while Chuck Hagel is incompetent.

    I concur, what's the debate ?

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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Chuck Hagel is no David Johnston.

    David Johnston is competent while Chuck Hagel is incompetent.
    Specifically?

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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Specifically?
    Specifically, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the main mission of the U.S. military is to fight sexual assaults.

    I challenged that and actually went to the National Security Act of 1947 where the mission of the four military services is defined. Nope, Hagel is wrong.

    Chuck Hagel is a "yes man" who is just following President Obama's agenda of "redefining the purpose and character of the military."

    It almost looks like Obama took those words right out of Joseph Stalins playbook.

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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Chuck Hagel is no David Johnston.

    David Johnston is competent while Chuck Hagel is incompetent.

    I concur, what's the debate ?

    It's for the very reasons outlined in the op that men like Washington and Jefferson didn't want standing armies.

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    Re: Australia's defence forces to be maintained at battle ready status

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Specifically, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the main mission of the U.S. military is to fight sexual assaults.

    I challenged that and actually went to the National Security Act of 1947 where the mission of the four military services is defined. Nope, Hagel is wrong.

    Chuck Hagel is a "yes man" who is just following President Obama's agenda of "redefining the purpose and character of the military."

    It almost looks like Obama took those words right out of Joseph Stalins playbook.
    Don't worry, the Military is going to have plenty of opportunities to play war going forward. Obama isn't going to affect that.

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