Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (L) travel on a ferry past the Sydney Opera House on February 19, 2016. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DEAN LEWINS
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Australia unveiled a massive new investment in the nation's defense capabilities Thursday to address what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called "high stakes" and "momentous times" in Asia.The government said it would spend Aus$195 billion (U.S.$139 billion) over the next decade, including a doubling of its submarine fleet to 24, three additional destroyers, nine new frigates and 12 offshore patrol boats.Some 2,500 new military roles will be created to expand the total defense force to 62,400 personnel, with 900 jobs focused on improved cyber, intelligence and space security.The cash injection would take Australia's defense spending to two percent of GDP by 2020-21, three years earlier than previously outlined, Turnbull said. Australia is part of the U.S.-led campaign against the ISIS group in Iraq, contributing military jets and special forces.
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