1987 Defence White Paper
Identified capability choices
Alignment of cost, capability and
Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Sydney (IV) (Source: Australian
Defence Image Library)
Recommendations from the 1986 Dibb Review of Australia’s defence
capabilities prompted serious debate about Defence’s force structure and
influenced the 1987 Defence White Paper’s strategic objectives.
The 1986 Cooksey Review into Australia’s defence exports and
industry capacity identified that Australia was not internationally
competitive. The Government’s response backing the Review’s recommendations in
support of Australian industry was reflected in the 1987 Defence White Paper.
The 1987 Defence White Paper reaffirmed the strategy of self-reliance.
While the white paper featured around $18 billion (1987 prices)
worth of major capital equipment projects, most were not new announcements.
At the time of the white paper’s release, tenders (for submarine
design and combat systems) were being evaluated for the Oberon Class
A decision was pending on the RAN’s new light patrol frigates,
which sought to select an overseas design to be built in Australia at around
$3.5 billion (1987 prices).
The white paper emphasised modernising the ADF with new
Force element changes included:
expansion of HMAS Stirling to accommodate more RAN platforms, especially
locating a squadron of fighter aircraft at RAAF Base Tindal (Northern
an Army regiment to Darwin with the prospect of moving an entire Brigade to
The Dibb Review recommended that an appropriate level of defence
expenditure should be around 3 per cent of GDP. The white paper set a range of
2.6 to 3 per cent of GDP, but within 2 years it had marginally dropped to 2.3
per cent of GDP.
On 19 March 1987, the Hawke Government tabled The Defence
of Australia 1987 (1987 Defence White Paper) in Parliament as a ‘Policy
Information Paper’ with a ten to fifteen-year outlook. The Opposition supported
the paper in part while raising a number of concerns about the Government’s
strategic priorities in the region, military acquisition programs and the
financial resources needed to support these programs, and the retention of
Prior to the release of the 1987 Defence White Paper,
reviews were conducted into Australia’s defence capabilities and industry’s
capacity to support defence—the Dibb Review and the Cooksey Review. The outcomes
from these reviews are discussed below as they made important contributions to
the final content of the 1987 Defence White Paper.
Review of Australia’s defence
The Hawke Government commissioned a review of Australia’s
defence capabilities in February 1985. Review Chair Paul Dibb presented the
report to the Government in March 1986 (the Dibb Review). It was tabled by the Government
in Parliament on 3 June 1986.
The Dibb Review stated that difficulties had been encountered in trying to
... size of force elements we need to meet our particular
strategic circumstances. For much of our force structure this issue has not
been comprehensively addressed. The Review could obtain no material centrally
endorsed by the higher Defence structure which explained, for example, the
strategic rationale for a 12-destroyer Navy, three fighter squadrons, six
Regular Army battalions and an Army Reserve target of 30 000. Few of the
documents made available to the Review examine, in any rigorous, analytical
way, the size of forces we should have for credible contingencies and as a
contribution to the expansion base. Most focus on justifying the present force
structure rather than estimating what our strategic circumstances require. The
key difficulty here is that the Department and the ADF do not agree on the
appropriate level of conflict against which we should structure the Defence
As such, one of the Dibb Review’s key recommendations was to
employ a ‘strategy of denial’. The intention of the strategy was to deter
potential adversaries from bridging Australia’s air and sea approaches by
developing capabilities that would create sufficient problems for any invading
force, ensuring it would not be a worthwhile venture. As a defensive policy, the
strategy involved four layers:
1. Enhanced intelligence and surveillance capabilities
2. Air and naval force posture, with strike capacity,
focused predominantly in northern Australia
3. Stronger continental defence capabilities
4. Highly capable and mobile land forces to repel an attack.
The Dibb Review also recommended establishing an area of
primary strategic interest that encompassed South-East Asia and the South
Pacific, and identifying direct military interests and structuring the ADF
The Dibb Review noted that while ‘Australia is a defensible
continent’, there needed to be some ‘reordering of priorities’ if Australia was
to be better positioned to provide its own defence. The Dibb Review elaborated:
The distant projection of military power would have a low
priority. Rather such a strategy would seek to deny any putative enemy
successful military operations in the sea and air gap around Australia, and to
prevent any successful landing of significant forces on Australian soil.
The Dibb Review asserted that restricting the ADF’s area of
operation would allow the military to exert adequate, affordable and
One of the outcomes from the Dibb Review was to prompt debate on Australia’s
future force posture and influence the strategic objectives contained in the
upcoming 1987 Defence White Paper.
This strategy of ‘denial’ was strongly opposed by the
Opposition and a variety of critics who contended it was too defensive and even
In addition, concerns were expressed that the Dibb Review was, in effect,
recommending a withdrawal from the whole-hearted level of participation in the
ANZUS alliance that Australia commonly pursued.
‘Denial’ continued to be criticised for some years after the
publication of both the Dibb Review and the subsequent 1987 Defence White
Paper. Commentators such as Graeme Cheeseman and St John Kettle argued that
these ‘two documents marked a stage in the evolution of defence policy from a
regionally oriented “forward defence” posture wholly tied to the United States,
to a concept of “self-reliance” which was more concerned with the defence of
the Australian mainland and its maritime surrounds’.
Cheeseman and Kettle warned that Australia’s ‘new militarism’ mismatched with
other Australian policies in the region and continued to lock ‘Australia into
the most offensive defence strategy’ under the ANZUS Treaty.
As a consequence, they argued that this strategy would adversely impact
relations with New Zealand, which had been suspended from ANZUS, and other
Review of Australia’s Industry
One month after the Dibb Review was announced, the Government
commissioned Robert Cooksey to conduct a Review of Australia’s Defence Exports
and Defence Industry (Cooksey Review).
The Cooksey Review’s terms of reference included an examination of
Australia’s industry for defence with a view to improving Australia’s defence
export prospects. The final report of the Cooksey Review was presented to the Government
in October 1986, and included a number of recommendations to improve Australian
The Cooksey Review described Australia’s defence industry as
‘a microcosm of the manufacturing and services sector of the economy’. In referring
to ‘defence industry’, it identifies key sectors of Australian industry that
align with strategic importance, such as munitions, shipbuilding and aerospace.
The Cooksey Review identified two key factors that were
impeding defence industry and defence exports:
... Firstly, there is a distinct lack of policy coordination in
relation to overall strategic defence policy, which determines both force
structure and policy for defence industry: the latter in turn, determining the
supporting infrastructure. Secondly, Australia’s poor performance in export of
defence equipment and materiel on any scale is directly linked to industry
development policy, highlighting the fact that we are uncompetitive.
The Cooksey Review was critical of the Department of Defence’s
approach to working with industry, stating that the department did not have a
good understanding of ‘what all the measures of competitiveness are, let alone
a strategic plan aimed at maximising defence industry’s true potential’. He went on to
It has been all too easy for DOD [Department of Defence] to
hide behind the ‘rubbery’ nature of strategic guidance in the development of
competitive industry capabilities, leaving the running on the tougher economic,
social and other issues to the relevant authorities. It seems to me that most
defence decisions relating to industry are based on qualitative analysis and
value judgment, rather than rigorous empirical research and quantitative
The Cooksey Review recommended that the Department of Defence
publish information about ‘capabilities, processes, procedures, products,
mechanisms and points of contact within DOD’ to allow industry to compete more
effectively in the marketplace.
One of the 30 recommendations in the Cooksey Review was that
procurement ‘should be used more extensively to develop selectively those
industries of major defence importance’.
It also recommended that defence industry be provided with ‘sanitised’
information about expected future defence procurement plans to assist industry
with future planning; ideally, the Five Year Defence Program. Most urgently, however,
was the recommendation to task the Department of Defence ‘to produce a detailed
and authoritative paper which translates long-term strategic defence planning
into precise industry objectives and/or measures to encourage maximum
participation by Australian industry’.
In October 1986, the Government released a number of
measures targeting defence industry in response to preliminary recommendations
from the Cooksey Review. The measures included:
the publication of a booklet for Australian industry doing
business with the Department of Defence
establishing mechanisms that would allow Australian industry to
collaborate with international partners on the design, development and
production (DD&P) of defence products
prioritisation of Defence Offsets for international collaborative
projects on DD&P
better ownership and control of Australian defence innovations
improved information sharing and collaboration between the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and industry on research and
facilitating information on defence forward plans and capability
requirements for industry and
better guidelines and support for the export of defence and
defence related products.
Additionally, the Government promised to improve
‘information and access to defence industry, and the wider export support and
increased role of Austrade in selling defence-related products’. Despite the
report being handed down in 1986, the recommendations of the Cooksey Review were
not fully accepted by the Government until 1988. Various reasons have been
cited for this delay, in particular resistance from the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade over its veto power on proposed defence exports.
At the time the outcome of the Cooksey Review was released,
representatives of the manufacturing industry believed Australia needed to
become more ‘isolationist’ in its approach to defence industry policy. To
achieve this, Government assistance would be needed through the Defence Offsets
program and technical exchanges.
In support of this argument, industry representatives pointed out that
Australia’s skilled labour force drastically lagged behind other nations such
as Japan, where 30 per cent of the manufacturing labour force involved
professional engineers. In the United States, statistics suggested a much lower
figure of 5 per cent. In Australia at that time, the number of professional
engineers working in the manufacturing industry was assessed at only 0.05 per
Criticism of the Government’s Defence Offset program emerged
around the time of the 1987 Defence White Paper’s release. Commentators argued
that the program was a ‘band-aid’ measure with limited long-term benefits. The original
intention of the program was well-regarded in that it aimed to support
Australian industry through the transfer of ‘high technology and advanced
manufacturing techniques’. However, it was noted:
... in very few cases there has been a transfer of technology
which has given Australian industry a new capability in particular areas, but
more often the result has been a limited production run of specialised
components that ends when the offset contract expires, leaving no residual
benefit to industry.
Industry representatives and commentators argued that
Australia needed to develop its own ‘design and project management expertise in
major projects. Without such expertise Australian industry would be limited to
producing components or providing services for overseas designed systems’.
The 1987 Defence White Paper affirmed that Australia faced ‘no
presently identifiable military threat, except for the remote possibility of
It asserted that no regional country had the ‘capacity, nor the motivation, to
sustain high level military operations against Australia’. However, the 1987
Defence White Paper noted that Australia might be vulnerable to a low level
campaign of harassment across its large coastline and sea approaches.
Self-reliance was reaffirmed in the 1987 Defence White Paper
and the strategy of ‘defence in depth’ adopted. The paper defined
self-reliance in terms of giving ‘Australia the military capability to prevent
an aggressor from attacking us successfully in our sea and air approaches,
gaining a foothold on any part of our territory or extracting concessions from
Australia through the use or threat of military force’.
The strategy of ‘defence in depth’ meant that Australia
should aim to meet ‘any credible level of threat in Australia’s area of direct
military interest’ in such a manner that a potential adversary would be aware
that they would pay a significant cost for an act of aggression. While this
concept was widely perceived to be a departure from the Dibb Review’s
controversial ‘strategy of denial’ recommendation, a closer look might suggest
there are similarities in the two concepts. Journalist Peter Cole-Adams’s
The actual program for military procurement, force structure
and ‘layered defence-in-depth’, which the White Paper endorses, is almost
exactly as advocated by analyst Paul Dibb. What is different, more in flavour
and emphasis than in substance, is the rhetorical dressing. The White Paper is
Dibb with a touch of curry to please the military palate.
In the paper’s introduction, Defence Minister Kim Beazley is
at pains to point out that the strategy is not isolationist. He wrote:
For Australia, defence self -reliance must be firmly set
within the framework of our alliances and regional associations. The support
they give us makes self-reliance achievable....It must be emphasised that self-reliance
does not mean self-sufficiency.
The 1987 Defence White Paper firmly restated the importance
of Australia’s alliance with the United States and noted that any extension of
the Soviet Union’s influence in ‘our region’ would be a matter of fundamental
importance to Australia.
Like the Dibb Review, the 1987 Defence White Paper assigned
priorities in military planning according to two main areas:
direct military interest, which is defined as ‘Australia, its
territories and proximate ocean areas, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand
and other nearby countries of the South West Pacific’ and
broader strategic interests, which include South East Asia,
Indochina, the eastern Indian Ocean and the South West Pacific. Further, the
1987 Defence White Paper speculated that Australia might face three levels of
conflict: low level, escalated low level and more substantial conflict. 
Australia’s area of direct military interest, as defined by the
Dibb Review and adopted in the 1987 Defence White Paper, is an area stretching
more than ‘7,000 kilometres from the Cocos Islands to New Zealand and the
islands of the South-West Pacific, and over 5,000 kilometres from the
archipelago and island chain in the north to the Southern Ocean’.
The 1987 Defence White Paper endeavoured to set out an
intellectually cogent underpinning for Australia’s defence and the enduring
emphasis on self-reliance made it clear that, as the Minister for Defence put
it some weeks after the release of the white paper, Australia’s ‘contribution
to global conflict would be small and not a force structure determinant’. Although the
Government emphasised the need for Australia to be self-reliant, this was not
reflected by any real change to force structure.
While the 1987 Defence White Paper did not announce a long
list of completely new capability projects—although previous decisions were
reiterated—it valued the major capital equipment projects at around $18 billion
(in 1987 prices).
There was also a great deal of reassurance in the 1987 Defence White Paper that
Australia had the capabilities it needed to defend itself. However, these
capabilities tended to be geared towards the ADF’s ability to adequately respond
to low-level conflicts, which would be tested much later in the case of Timor
Leste in 1999.
Given the emphasis on air and sea denial, the 1987 Defence
White Paper emphasised the acquisition of modern technology to accomplish this
aim. It committed the Government to establishing a large satellite
communications station in Western Australia (the Australian Defence Satellite
Communications Station near Geraldton) and further development of the Jindalee
Over-the-Horizon Radar Project.
In order to make better use of the information acquired through these and other
sources, the 1987 Defence White Paper set out the Government’s commitment to
the development of a national air defence and aerospace control system. The
Government also acknowledged the requirement for the Department of Defence to
seek and evaluate proposals for new airborne early warning and control
The 1987 Defence White Paper highlighted the ongoing project
to acquire six new submarines to replace the Oberon Class boats (which would
become the Collins Class submarines). At the time of its release, the
Government was evaluating tenders for both submarine design and submarine
combat systems and stated that a public announcement about the decision would
be made sometime in 1987.
A further major development for the RAN was the decision to
build eight ‘light patrol frigates’ in Australia at around $3.5 billion (1987
prices). These frigates—which would become the Anzac Class frigates—were
intended to extend the RAN’s ability to fulfil the requirements set out in the
Dibb Review and 1987 Defence White Paper for patrol and interception activities
in Australia’s area of military interest, as well as contributing to
The concept of ‘defence in depth’ demanded some rethinking
of the location of certain military assets. To this end, the 1987 Defence White
Paper announced the expansion of HMAS Stirling near Perth to allow the
homeporting of a greater number of RAN platforms, specifically submarines and a
soon-to-be-established submarine training facility. In addition, a squadron of
F/A-18A/B Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft would be located at RAAF Base
Tindal in the Northern Territory.
An Army Regiment would be moved to Darwin and a study had commenced into the possible
deployment of an entire brigade to the north.
The 1987 Defence White Paper provided no detailed
expenditure proposal to explain how the approved capabilities would be paid
for. Instead, it asserted that defence funding would need to be maintained at ‘a
share of GDP [gross domestic product] similar to that devoted to defence in
The white paper set a range of 2.6 to 3 per cent of GDP.
The Minister for Defence stressed that the goals set in the 1987 Defence White
Paper could be achieved without excessive spending, declaring that the ‘fact is
that with the sustained growth of recent years, defence spending has now
reached a level at which further growth is not required to sustain a credible
The Minister went on to state that the ‘extraordinarily difficult budgetary
circumstances of the next few years’ would make promises of real growth
impossible to fulfil.
The budget is one place where the 1987 Defence White Paper
diverges somewhat from the Dibb Review. The latter had gone into greater detail
about the financial implications of its recommendations and concluded that ‘total
defence outlays of around three per cent of GDP seem broadly appropriate for
Australia ... With some modest adjustments, the Review’s recommendations can be
accommodated within the Department’s 3.1 percent real growth program for FYDP
1986–91, and there is no indication of difficulties beyond this period’.
Nonetheless, not for the first (or last) time, the
availability of funds to pay for defence capability development did not live up
to the expectations raised in the white paper. Defence budget outlays were
falling throughout the period in which the Dibb Review and the 1987 Defence
White Paper were published. In fact total spending on defence had fallen
slightly below the benchmark of 2.6 per cent of GDP, as set out in the 1987
Defence White Paper, to 2.5 per cent in 1987–88 and 2.3 per cent in 1988–89. Likewise, the
proportion of the defence budget spent on capital equipment fell from 27.1 per
cent in 1986–87 to 21.8 per cent in 1988–89.
The Government declared that Defence would contribute
towards the cost of capability development by making savings from within its
existing budget. Defence Minister Beazley told the House of Representatives in
March 1988 that the Government’s:
... defence policy encompasses the largest
capital investment program in Australia’s peacetime history; but we can fund
that program without continuous growth in defence spending provided we manage
the defence budget carefully. We have proved that over the past year. Financial
circumstances have been tough. After years of strong growth under the Hawke
Government defence spending has been cut this year, but through innovative
management we have kept the White Paper on track.
Indeed, Minister Beazley asserted that the realisation of
such savings was typically a part of the white paper process. The same speech
also indicated that the Government was engaged with one of the major problems
of the 1987 Defence White Paper strategy: how to defend Australia from low-level
attacks across large areas of northern Australia and its air and sea
approaches. To this end, the Minister announced the formation of Northern
Command (NORCOM) to be based in Darwin and also, the conduct of exercise
Kangaroo 89, which he claimed would test the ADF’s ability to respond to
threats across such large areas.
The 1987 Defence White Paper defined Australia’s area of
primary strategic interest as being South East Asia, the South West Pacific and
the eastern Indian Ocean. Some commentators pointed out the difficulty
Australia, with its limited resources, would have operating across such a broad
area. In particular, Ross Babbage, a former Head of Strategic Analysis in the
Office of National Assessments, commented on limitations in the ability of the
ADF to counter widespread but low-level incursions into Australian territory,
inability of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) to
track small vessels which would be used to assist with such low-level
difficulties faced by Australia’s P3-C Orion fleet in identifying
JORN’s inability to detect the height of incoming aircraft would
restrict its ability to direct RAAF fighters to intercept incoming aircraft
lack of adequate ocean hydrography in some areas of Australia’s
northern coastline and
legal constraints on Australia’s ability to act outside of its
Babbage also noted the concerns of ‘many, and perhaps most,
senior servicemen’ that denial as a strategy was too reactive. They would have
preferred to select a ‘range of offensive options’. Babbage also pointed out
the difficulty this would present in translating this approach into clear force
The air and sea denial concept set out by both the Dibb Review
and 1987 Defence White Paper highlighted low-level conflict capabilities to
deal with ‘credible contingencies’. However, global events would soon test the
white paper’s capability focus. The 1987 coup in Fiji resulted in the
deployment of ADF personnel to assist in the possible evacuation of Australians
from that country, under Operation Morris Dance. According to some, Operation
Morris Dance revealed shortcomings in the ADF’s capacity to land troops from
the sea, as well as securing and evacuating Australian citizens. In addition,
the deployment to the Gulf War in 1990–91 highlighted the difficulties the ADF
faced when preparedness levels declined.
These two deployments provided specific examples of the varying roles of the
ADF, and highlighted that capability choices needed to be aligned with the full
range of potential ADF activities.
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