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Title Niche wars : Australia in Afghanistan and Iraq, 2001-2014 / edited by John Blaxland, Marcus Fielding, Thea Gellerfy
Published Canberra, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xxxii, 377 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction / John Blaxland -- Part 1: Policy and strategy. 1. A minister's perspective / Robert Hill ; 2. A departmental Secretary's perspective / Ric Smith ; 3. A Chief of Defence Force's perspective / Chris Barrie -- Part 2: On operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. 4. Australia's intervention in Afghanistan, 2001-02 / Dan McDaniel ; 5. Air Operations Control and Reporting Centre / Chris Westwood ; 6. Conventional stability operations at the battle group level in Iraq / Anthony Rawlins ; 7. Maritime operations / Peter Jones ; 8. Embeds / Jim Molan -- Part 3: Joint forces, enablers and partners. 9. Command and control / Michael Crane ; 10. Intelligence in Afghanistan / Mick Lehmann ; 11. Civil and humanitarian assistance / Alan Ryan ; 12. The military and the media / Karen Middleton ; 13. The Australian Federal Police in Afghanistan, 2007-14 / Col Speedie and Steve Mullins ; 14. AusAID stabilisation / David Savage ; 15. The gender dimension / Elizabeth Boulton -- Part 4: Lessons and legacies. 16. Lessons and legacies of the war in Afghanistan / William Maley ; 17. American and British experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2001-04 / Dan Marston ; 18. Lessons and legacies of the use of force / Peter Leahy ; 19. The Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor / Craig Stockings ; 20. Final reflections / John Blaxland
Summary Australia invoked the ANZUS Alliance following the Al Qaeda attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001. But unlike the calls to arms at the onset of the world wars, Australia decided to make only carefully calibrated force contributions in support of the US-led coalition campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why is this so? Niche Wars examines Australia's experience on military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2014. These operations saw over 40 Australian soldiers killed and hundreds wounded. But the toll since has been greater. For Afghanistan and Iraq the costs are hard to measure. Why were these forces deployed? What role did Australia play in shaping the strategy and determining the outcome? How effective were they? Why is so little known about Australia's involvement in these campaigns? What lessons can be learned from this experience? Niche Wars commences with a scene-setting overview of Australia's military involvement in the Middle East over more than a century. It then draws on unique insights from many angles, across a spectrum of men and women, ranging from key Australian decision makers, practitioners and observers. The book includes a wide range of perspectives in chapters written by federal government ministers, departmental secretaries, service commanders, task force commanders, sailors, soldiers, airmen and women, international aid workers, diplomats, police, journalists, coalition observers and academics. Niche Wars makes for compelling reading but also stands as a reference work on how and why Australia became entangled in these conflicts that had devastating consequences. If lessons can be learned from history about how Australia uses its military forces, this book is where to find them. -- From publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Australia. Australian Army -- History
Afghan War, 2001- -- Participation, Australian
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Participation, Australian
Peace-building, Australian -- History
Peacekeeping forces, Australian -- History
Diplomatic relations.
Military participation -- Australian.
Military relations.
Peace-building, Australian.
Peacekeeping forces, Australian.
Australia -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 20th century
Australia -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 21st century
Australia -- History, Military -- 20th century
Australia -- History, Military -- 21st century
Australia -- Military relations -- United States -- 20th century
Australia -- Military relations -- United States -- 21st century
United States -- Military relations -- Australia -- 20th century
United States -- Military relations -- Australia -- 21st century
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
Author Blaxland, John Charles, 1963- editor.
Fielding, Marcus, editor.
Gellerfy, Thea, editor
Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760464031