The US-Australian alliance and its implications for Australian defence strategy and procurement

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Australia has faithfully joined the United States in most of its combat operations since the end of the Second World War, including Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. China’s ascent has fundamentally shifted the balance of power in the region. There is an abundant literature on the causes and consequence of the extraordinary growth of China’s military power. As a middle power, Australia’s ability to single-handedly counter China’s expansive power and ambitions in the Indo-Pacific Arc is severely limited. James Holmes, a strategist at the US Navy War College, would agree with this concept and an even more aggressive US basing in Australia. Australia has several ways in which it could contribute to support the alliance’s logistics, sustainment ‘tail’. The Australian shipbuilder, Austral, has recently announced that it is has been approved by the US to have its shipyards in Australia bid for and provide services to USN and MSC ships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe future of the United States-Australia Alliance
Subtitle of host publicationevolving security strategy in the Indo-Pacific
EditorsScott D. McDonald, Andrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429317521
ISBN (Print)9780367322519
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameEuropa Regional Perspectives


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