Nekosan wrote:remember we have the most populous muslim(not that religion matters) nation on earth practically a stones throw from our northern border and they have a lot of the population living in borderline poverty. Some people probably see it as silly but it isn't too big a stretch to see the US and Europe suffering the worst recession ever just down the road, leaving us pretty much ripe for the picking by whoever decides they want to try it on.
Muslim majority yes, but it's not an Islamic state and only a minority of the Muslim population are anything but moderate in their beliefs. In any case, the force capability is far to much in our favour to attack the Australasian region conventionally. We've fought them unconventionally before and that didn't go to well for them either.
Nekosan wrote:the comparatively small size of our military makes women serving on the front line (if properly integrated) a very valuable asset to have.
Not really, the infantry are over-capacity at the moment. Adding women to front line units doesn't advantage us in any way practically speaking, at least not at the present time. Perhaps if a major conflict sticks it's head up in the future it will serve as an additional pool from which to bolster front line units, but even then it will only be a very small boost (but hey, every bit counts!).