The U.S. Strategic Relationship with Australia



Publication Details

J. McCaffrie and C. Rahman, 'The U.S. Strategic Relationship with Australia' in C. Lord and A. S.. Erickson(ed), Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014) 88-115.

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ISBN: 9781612514659


Australia has hosted U.S. bases or troops for most of rhe last seventy years, beginning in the early part of the Second World War in the Pacific. Ironically, the arrival of American troops in Australia was at least partly the result of the failure of the "Singapore strategy," whereby the Royal Navy's Singapore naval base was to support any British fleet sent to the Far East in the event of a war with Japan. Seventy years on, Australia still hosts U.S. defense facilities and U.S. forces continue to visit-primarily now for exercises. Map 4 depicts major facilities utilized at present.

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