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. bob

    For the purpose of?? The USA needs to stop spending money on countries that are so corrupt that NOTHING is working. I truly believe Pakistan knows EXACTLY where Binlodan is. The bags of cash passed between Iran and Afghanistan is shameful, that is our money and it should be helping the people in the USA.
    At what point are people going to so, "ENOUGH"!

    November 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go USA / Aussie

      China is afraid so they try to convince us not to spend money on military! lol @ China

      November 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      Australians kick azz... That's why! Have you ever seen the Road Warrior movies? I want them on our team bro..

      November 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Woe is me

    probably to show off its military allies against commies in asia *coughs china, n. korea coughs* haha

    November 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gus

    This is absurd. Can Australia build a base in New Jersey?

    November 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • msjkdi14

      If you took the time to read the article you will see that the US isn't building any bases in Australia, they are just using the facilities already in place.

      November 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Of course it can't,Gus. The current leaders of Australia are no more than stooges of the right-wing thugs in Washington! Whatever Washington says,goes! Yes,it's outrageous indeed.

      November 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Do you realize that Nato forces come to the US and train? I have seen Canadian, French and British troops here in the states with equipment and all to train.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. chalo479

    I agree. We shold spend those feds on making OUR country better. Istead of giving all of this aid to the a-rabs, why not feed the poor here at home. Those folk don't want to be helped... As soon as we leave the taliban are going to take over that weak corrupt karzai government. As for the aussies.. They are just letting the US spread its imperialist agenda.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Travis

    Notice that the article stated that the US will not be getting bases in Australia, but rather access to the bases there. With that said, Australia doesn't need to start a base on US soil. The Australian military as well as several other countries have access to US bases here in the US. So American forces are giving their share of commentment to our allies.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Travis

    I have to strongly disagree. The US does not show imperialistic behavior. The US is protecting itself through the strengths of its allies. I see the US military doing what it does best, playing a world wide chess game against those who threaten it. As for the money issue I say the US should spend more on our own problems, but we got in too deep with the middle east to simply back out now.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Is that why the Australians are subjugating themselves so deeply to Washington's whims? Have moral principles become a thing of the past in Australia,too? Evidently yes, to my chagrin!

      November 7, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Justin

    This is nothing the US hasn't done one hundred times over all over the world. Bilateral military resource sharing and cooperative efforts form the basis of our multi-country alliance system. If you balk at this, you must really hate NATO. Mind you, we have a mutual defense treaty with Australia called the ANZUS treaty. This kind of cooperation is not only expected but also encouraged by this treaty. I say a strong, well-founded move by the US to shore up a major regional ally.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chalo479

    @justin. And why are we playing a chess game? Cause we can't seem to keep our nose out of everybody elses business. The US wants to spread its RIGHTOUSNESS to the people of the world, but we will never succeed in stabilizing the middle east... Not as long as we continue to back up the zionist regime. They commit all sorts atrocities agaisnt the palestinians, if we are a morally correct country, why do we allow the jews to do whatever they want? Abd the have nukes, what the hell?! Be we don't complain, but we are all up on irans grill for it. These jews are just going to drag us in to a war.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Shoulda seen this coming when the US traded a gila monster for a an "undisclosed" marsupial.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. here here

    Absolutely Justin

    November 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. here here

    Think about the present state of the world. Too much terrorism!! North K, big threat as well. Iran. Iraq. Somalia Yemen...5udan, Pakistan, Afghanistan blah blah the list goes on.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steve

    Who are these morons that are talking arabs... Hello, Australia is Oceania and not the middle east. You are right, we should be spending money in a better education for stupid people like you. Give me a break!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. here here

    Steve, I meant US needs to be on side with Austailia re intell sharing re terrorism re above locales

    November 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chalo479

    Oooh steve knows how to spell Oceania! It all ties into eachother u idiot.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chalo479

    It all ties into each other. Don't be stupid.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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