The chapters contained in this book originated at a conference, held in Canberra in May 1998, jointly hosted by the Royal Australian Navy, the University of Wollongong and Tenix Defence Systems. The conference would not have been the success it was without the support, not only of the contributors, but also the staffs of the RAN Maritime Studies Program and the Centre for Maritime Policy at the University of Wollongong. The financial assistance provided by Tenix Defence Systems in both the staging of the conference and the production of this book is also gratefully acknowledged.
The opinions expressed in this book are entirely the views of the individual authors. They should not be taken to represent any official policy or position.