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A US military report, to be formally released tomorrow, contains a recommendation to massively expand America's defence presence in Australia by building a base in Perth for a US aircraft carrier and supporting fleet.
The plan is included as part of one of four options set out in a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), commissioned by the Department of Defence.
The CSIS was directed to consider how the US military could undertake the “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region announced by President Obama last year in response to China's increasing influence.
The third option in the report - formally titled US Force Posture Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region: An Independent Assessment - details moving a US carrier strike group to the HMAS Stirling base in Perth.
The strike group would include a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, a carrier air wing of up to nine squadrons, one or two guided missile cruisers, two or three guided missile destroyers, one or two nuclear powered submarines and a supply ship.
“Australia's geography, political stability, and existing defence capabilities and infrastructure offer strategic depth and other significant military advantages to the United States in light of the growing range of Chinese weapons systems, US efforts to achieve a more distributed force posture, and the increasing strategic importance of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean,” says the report.
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It says public support for the US alliance is at an eight-year high, with “87 per cent of Australians regarding it as important for Australia's security and 74 per cent considering the United States as Australia's most important security partner over the next ten years.
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Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
You will be assimilated. It's useless to resist.
Kiss your friendliness with Asia goodbye, you are 'Murika's beeotch now.
Originally posted by daaskapital
The US is also looking to create a Naval Base (which will also house a Carrier Fleet for the Pacific) in Brisbane. In fact, they are looking to expand their military presence in nearly every major Australian city. They also want to build a drone base in the cocos islands.
While the US may see this as an excellent opportunity,
i have to agree with you that the majority of Australians do not like the fact that the US is using Australia for its own gain.
The US is not doing this to help Australia, they are doing it to posture themselves against China, which in return is putting Australian-Chinese relations at risk.
Also, we can clearly defend ourselves, as has been proven throughout history.
The US is not needed...they just feel like they are. It is as if Australia sold it's 'soul' to the US during WW2...
Originally posted by NullVoid
reply to post by Kryties
Act now before its too late, the report is still in recomendation stage.
Launch a strike against current goverment, you need to act now before she sign it.
Else - expect sharp eye from Indonesia and SEA in general while Australia become "a possible battle target".
Originally posted by Kryties
Drone base huh? Looks like many Aussies will be getting target practice as we shoot them out of the sky!
Of course they do! What's good for the US is good for the US and be damned anyone who disagrees. I'm half expecting to be called "Anti-American" at some point during this thread.
I actually don't know a single Aussie who likes it.
Precisely. Pure selfishness and arrogance....not unexpected coming from the US though.
Time and time again.
They've talked themselves into believing the rest of the world needs and wants them for our 'protection and security'. Propaganda at it's finest, from the top echelons down to the man on the street.
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by daaskapital
We should spread the rumor....ehem...cough cough.....truth......ehem......that all of Australia's major cities are located in the centre of the country
Yes, Uluru takes one for the team but methinks we can handle that!
Originally posted by stirling
reply to post by Kryties
Where the bloody hell will you get the firepower having sold all yer guns to the australian goverment.....a single shot aint gonna cut the mustard.....
The South China Sea, nicknamed "the second Persian Gulf" because of its potential for massive oil and gas reserves, is also a key passageway for the world's oil and is home to enormously valuable fisheries.
A crisis in the area has the potential for major economic damage to the United States as well. As one of the busiest sea lanes in the world, disputes in the South China Sea could have a major impact on shipping by forcing costly rerouting.
According to estimates by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, $5.3 trillion of trade passes each year through the South China Sea; U.S. trade accounts for $1.2 trillion.
If the US had have had such checks, James Holmes would not have been able to get a hold of enough guns and ammo for a small army and blow away a cinema complex. I would MUCH rather have the conditions for licensing we have in Australia than to risk going outside and having some nutter blow my head off because he was on the wrong meds and could walk into a shop and buy a gun.