RAAF pitches for key role in strategy
As the big powers face off against each other, the RAAF wants air power to be the central element of Australia's upcoming defence strategy document.
RAAF chief Geoff Brown says some believe Australia's optimum defence structure should feature an upgraded army with the RAAF continuing to play a vital, if invisible, role - as it has in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The enduring qualities of air power are even more relevant as we move into an era of rising major power confrontation."
Air Marshal Brown said the new F-35 would be the smartest and most agile aircraft ever to fly, providing the RAAF with a winning edge well into the future.
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