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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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Squidly

    Alright, kiss and make up everybody!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris

    wake up people. washington does not care about americans. they only care about the money going into there secret bank account.

    November 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Halford

    We first helped and then left alone Afganistain. What did we get for that? Almost 3,000 dead and billions of loss dollars. Once we wipe out Taliban, Al Quada would be exposed. These things must happen before we leave Afgainstain.

    November 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. august

    Why should the united states pay for policing the world? they say "no its protecting ourself" I say that's bull ****!

    November 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Quite right,august. Thanks for your imput.

      November 7, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. us veteran

    This should make China think twice.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. us veteran

    I'm all for strengthening America and its allies against threats worldwide.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Will you stop with your right-wing bla-bla-bla? It's getting old. What Australia needs are leaders with moral principles which are currently absent!

      November 7, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    The spelling and grammar mistakes on these forums are incredible. We need to spend more on education so I can at least understand these terrible arguments people are making.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. keeping it real

    Read the article people this is not extra money being spent just getting more for the money already being spent (I.e. Access) so stop whining this is positive.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brandon

    Wow, a lot of people mad about governmental decisions, how about lets do something about it! The united states has to constantly gain strength and help its allies to continue to be on top in the global arena. If you dont like that MOVE! We have done these things since that start of our country and everyone who lives in the US benefits from it on a daily basis. Yeah all the best desicions aren't made that happens. THATS LIFE.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Heidi

    Alex is right, everyone needs to learn to spell. How do we take you seriously if you are illiterate?
    This is a chess game, but since we are a powerful player these kinds of moves are necessary. It is on the other side of the World, it is a good idea to have secure access anywhere near possible conflicts, ummm, der... This way we can keep a closer eye on the trouble.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Cool, maybe I can deploy to Australia again. I'm getting tired of deploying to Korea over and over.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LaunieLad

    Love you guys but... as far as your military is concerned: Yankee Go Home!

    November 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. here here

    OH my goodness. Bless you Mark!
    From a Canadian

    November 5, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andysmovieblog

    You guys babbling about this is a good move to keep China on their feet... You do know they are our biggest economic support right? You do know when you go shopping at Wal Mart your hard earned American dollars go to China right? You do know they have purchased billions of our debt right? So you do know will never go to war with them because our economies are so intertwined right? Some of you people need to go to school or at least read a book or two please. Foreign moves like this isn't always connected to warfare. Also if you guys are so mad about government spending in the Middle East then why did so many people vote in Republicans a couple days ago? You do remember right? 2000-2008 we gave the most aid we've ever given to the Middle East through military and basic aid. So yeah some of you need to look up you know basic facts before you start ranting.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shelly

    Look! Its a shark! No, its a giant shrimp! No, its an Australian marine!
    Really, Australia has a "Military"?

    November 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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