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During his visit in November, President Obama dubbed Darwin the “perfect place” for a US base of operations.

His visit sent a strong signal of a huge turning point in US military strategy, away from Europe and towards a new threat: Asia.

President Obama dubbed Darwin the “perfect place” for a US base of operations.

Australia’s Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley says the policy shift means a lot for Australia’s role in the region.

“It’s a big deal for us, it’s a disciplined redirection of focus toward maritime strategy, a disciplined redirection of focus to the Asia Pacific region.

The policy shift marks the US’s first long-term expansion in the Pacific since the Vietnam War.

Dr Rod Lyon from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says Australia will have more responsibilities, and the military will have to do more heavy lifting.

“With the shrinkage of the US defence budget the US will be looking to get more out of its partners than it has in the past.”

2,500 US marines will be stationed in the Northern Territory within five years.

It’s an insurance policy against North Korea and the growing military might of China.

But some within the defence fraternity doubt we are prepared for the new challenge.

“Traditionally here in Australia we have underspent on our defence because the Americans have effectively subsidised our defence,” Neil James from the Australian Defence Association said.

Neil James says that as the US cuts back, Australia will need to be more robust in looking at adaptability in the ADF force structure.

And there are questions over Australia’s commitment to the F35 Joint Strike Fighter — America’s most expensive weapons program.

“Now we are in the F35 program, we’re in it for particular prices and of course those prices and delivery times will determine numbers,” Kim Beazley said.

He concedes the ADF may have reverted to using more super hornets to prevent a growing air defence capability gap.

Defence officials are also assessing future options for a larger American military presence at more facilities across Australia.

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    John W
    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I have your answer Australia!! Dissolve relations with the US. Tell your government to do so. Go neutered

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    DV Phil
    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I like to know, from anyone in the UK, Australia, or you Kiwi's, have you ever hear a US President or PM, refer to your Airbase(s) as Raff, ? I have always heard  R.A.F. or Royal Australian Air Force, or Royal ….., But never have I heard the term Raff  pronounced like raft, with no "T".  Thank you in advance.

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    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Hey Tec, I have friends involved in the mining industry here they work in remote parts of OZ and they tell me that there are U.S service personal all over the place at the moment. cheers mike

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    Bobby Tectalabyss
    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Has an American. I just want to say. I wish we were out of other countries business. It seems most are brainwashed into believing what ever our warmongering government has to say. By myself I can do little. I not only fear for my country and it's people, But the people's of every nation on this planet. Should a war break out your country will now have a bulls eye on it also. If you can stay neutral. Demand not to let US military bases on your soil. Tec

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    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Australia has to step up and spend on defence and encourage more U.S presence.

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    Mitch NoName
    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    @bujoun76 We Australians are NOT Americans. Our goals are very different. Most of us see America as a major part of the worlds problems. If we disassociate ourselves from the US then risk to our nation will diminish. The US is a VERY high maintenance ally and not nearly as powerful as it once was. Every time we join the US in war our troops are killed and injured by "under-trained and "over-equipped" US troops. We are also associated with the Mai Ly and New Baghdad massacres.

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    August 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    It's easy to critisize the military but there are greater concerns and you people better learn to think more than 5 minutes in front of your face! That's why we elect politicians. Ocassionally they think in the long term to make sure you can keep the life you take for granted. If you think no one wants to do you harm you're all fools. Go ahead and abolish your entire military and see how long it takes for a foriegn army to come marching down your streets. And im a liberal…

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