November 5th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

U.S. and Australia to strengthen military ties

U.S. Marines participate in military exercises at Australia's High Range Training Area near Townsville in October.

The United States and Australia will step up their military cooperation, with Canberra offering U.S. forces increased access to Australian bases, according to news reports from Australia.

The increased cooperation will be announced Monday after talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their Australian counterparts, according to reports in The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The U.S. will not be getting new bases in Australia, but will have full access to Australian facilities, including "a share in all processes, such as access to intelligence and maintenance facilities," The Australian reported, citing unnamed sources close to the defense talks.

Military hardware and supplies will be positioned at Australian bases, "including large amounts of combat equipment for the typical U.S. Marine task force," the Herald reported.

Both papers said the cooperation will involve satellite tracking facilities designed to increase such coverage in the Southern Hemisphere. Recent North Korean missile test launches sent on a southern trajectory have lent new urgency to that initiative, the papers reported.

The two nations will also cooperate on combating cyber attacks, the papers said.

The U.S. military is expected to increase cooperation with other Asian allies, including India, Singapore and Indonesia, according to the reports.

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  1. DANE

    If the enemies of the USA did not pay much attention to Australia, they sure will now. As always up the rear end of a failing super power. Aussies are dumb as.This is a nation led by soul-less politicians whose only concern is money, power and voter support. They are destroying Australia behind a wall of lies and propaganda, willingly digested by a population of zombies. Rather funny worrying about China, since we have sold our national icon out to them in the form of Kangaroo meat and half of Queensland is owned by them.No folks its all about money.I rest my case when referring to the Australian population as being braindead,they follow anyone, properly because they have this idea that they are inferior stemming from Colonial times and they crave acceptance.No the beer, sports and gambling culture is alive and well here, it seems that is all most Australians care about, she will be right mate, this is the best country in the world! thats is if you don,t care about the future of your country. The fact is you will go exactly the same way the USA is going now,and after you go down the drain l who are you going to go crying to?

    November 6, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Id report abuse but it would only take away your shocking grammar for everyone to see. Have a good one mate! Oh and by the way, if you dont like it, leave it...

      November 6, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • UPTIGHT

      Sounds like someone is not having fun in Australia. Poor little man. Not invited to the party?

      To refute your rant, look at the Human Development Index, seems as though we place value on many things such as health, education and equality.

      http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/

      The Americans are our friends and allies since they helped us out in the 2nd war. And so what if China owns plenty in Australia, foreign investment is a good thing you xenophobe. We hold 40% of known world deposits of Uranium, not to mention the rare earths and all the minerals fuelling China's growth. Put simply America has interests here and we have interests in taking advantage of American military might.

      Besides, if I was a US marine I wouldn't mind being posted in Australia for a while.

      November 6, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • bobospizza

      Oh my God ! A dingo took my baby !

      November 9, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    This is all a part of hedging against a more powerful and assertive china. All pacific nations are praticipating.

    November 6, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Les

    Australia-The 51st state of America.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. dictionary

    Most of the cause of fighting is due to lies and internal corruption. When we mature past the state of wishing to claw someones eyes out, all the wars, and all the talk looks really silly. Life isn't destined beyond taking one step after the next. Your desires, your intentions... your dreams. Why on Earth would anyone pray for their own destruction. Or destroy their own lives in order to take anothers. There are lots of ways to look at each other. We aren't dogs. We don't sniff each others butt. We appreciate what each of us bring. I can find at least one thing in every country that eminates with our relationship to life-unfolding. So easy to find the good things. It seems some folks might be walking backwards – to seek revenge ... or pickling in drugs and alcohol and famine. None of it required by life.

    November 6, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    I've read the article and some of the comments, and for those of you who are criticizing the goverment for 'helping arabs', I agree they should be using the money here, that is to educated you idiots. Australia is not even close to the Middle East.

    November 26, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
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