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This paper examines current military modernisation trends in Asia, and seeks to explore whether this process of military modernisation could evolve into an arms race in coming years. It explores security dilemmas related to the crises in the South China Sea and East China Sea, and examines how these are promoting a degree of reactive modernisation. It examines the potential role of an information-led Revolution in Military Affairs as a next step in military modernisation, and examines how rapid change in the character and conduct could lead to regional arms racing. It argues that an arms race, emerging from current modernisation, appears increasingly likely.

2014 HERDC submission.


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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author Information: My background has included both extensive academic work, both in Australia and in the UK, as well as a number of years with Government, at the Australian Department of Defence. My research focus is on Chinese defence and strategic policy issues, with an interest in Chinese Space policy, air power, sea power, and strategic thought.

From November 2007 to March 2012, I was with the Department of Defence, undertaking strategic policy analysis and development, focusing on strategic and security developments in Asia - notably, China and North Korea; considering force structure development issues, and participating in the preparation of the Defence Planning Guidance in 2010-11. From August 2000 to October 2007, I was with Kings College London as a Lecturer in Defence Studies with the Defence Studies Department, Kings College London, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. This involved academic teaching to military officers from the UK and overseas, and running my own courses as part of the Kings College MA in Defence Studies. From August 1997 to June 2000, I undertook Doctoral studies at the University of Hull, finishing my PhD on 'The RMA in East Asia - a Maritime perspective' in November 2002. I also undertook undergraduate and postgraduate teaching during this time. From January 1991 to May 1995, I was an adjunct teaching fellow at Bond University, where I was responsible for preparation and delivery of the ASIA 100 International Relations course.

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