Niche Wars

Australia in Afghanistan and Iraq, 2001-2014

by John Blaxland, Marcus Fielding, Thea Gellerfy

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Book Description

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.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Niche Wars ebook for free in PDF format (22.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Part 1
Policy and strategy
 
Chapter 1
A minister's perspective
 
Chapter 2
A departmental Secretary's perspective
 
Chapter 3
A Chief of Defence Force's perspective
 
Part 2
On operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
 
Chapter 4
Australia's intervention in Afghanistan, 2001-02
 
Chapter 5
Air Operations Control and Reporting Centre
 
Chapter 6
Conventional stability operations at the battle group level in Iraq
 
Chapter 7
Maritime operations
 
Chapter 8
Embeds
 
Part 3
Joint forces, enablers and partners
 
Chapter 9
Command and control
 
Chapter 10
Intelligence in Afghanistan
 
Chapter 11
Civil and humanitarian assistance
 
Chapter 12
The military and the media
 
Chapter 13
The Australian Federal Police in Afghanistan, 2007-14
 
Chapter 14
AusAID stabilisation
 
Chapter 15
The gender dimension
 
Part 4
Lessons and legacies
 
Chapter 16
Lessons and legacies of the war in Afghanistan
 
Chapter 17
American and British experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2001-04
 
Chapter 18
Lessons and legacies of the use of force
 
Chapter 19
The Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor
 
Chapter 20
Final reflections
 
Appendix 1
Australian units and formations deployed to Afghanistan and the Middle East, 2001-14
 
Appendix 2
Chronology: Australia's military involvement in Afghanistan, 2001-present
 
Appendix 3
Chronology: Australia's military involvement in Iraq, 2003-09
 

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
ANU Press
Published
2020
Pages
410
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781760464028
ISBN10
1760464023
ISBN13 Digital
9781760464035
ISBN10 Digital
1760464031
PDF Size
22.5 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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