November 9, 2010
Clinton seeks closer ties with Australia on defense (RACHEL PANNETT, 11/08/10, WSJ)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to secure more access for the U.S. military in Australia as the final week of her Asia-Pacific tour draws to a close here.
A new defense pact, to be discussed in talks starting Monday, could ultimately see U.S. military personnel share Australian ports, training facilities and test-firing ranges, Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said ahead of the talks.
The negotiations, which fall under the U.S. Force Posture Review in the Asia-Pacific region, will also touch on the potential for greater cooperation on space monitoring and cybersecurity, officials said. They come amid growing concern about North Korean missile activity and cyberattacks on confidential military intelligence. Australia and the U.S. already have joint intelligence-sharing facilities such as Pine Gap, a satellite tracking station in central Australia.
Only took them two years to figure out the centrality of the Anglosphere. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2010 6:26 AM