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Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations Key Outcomes from AUSMIN 2004

Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations Key Outcomes from AUSMIN 2004

Australia-US MOU on Ballistic Missile

  • The signature of the Australia-US MOU on Missile Defence is a significant
    long-term commitment to Australia's future security.
  • Missile Defence is a long-term measure to counter potential threats
    to Australia's security and interests from ballistic missile proliferation. It
    is a purely defensive system.
  • Work has already begun with the US on exploring the application of
    Australia's leading over-the-horizon radar technology to Missile Defence. Other
    potential areas for future participation in the program include cooperation
    in ballistic missile early warning, through ship and ground-based sensors.

Australia-US Joint Combined Training Centre

  • The agreement to develop a Joint Combined Training Centre will significantly
    enhance the quality of our bilateral training program and Australian
    Defence Force capabilities.
  • Australia and the US have a long history of mutually beneficial bilateral
    defence cooperation, which has for many years included joint training
    exercises in Australia and the United States.
  • The Centre is a long-term commitment that will provide Australia with
    the world's best joint training facilities and high technology equipment
  • The Centre will also help in the development of a range of capabilities
    which could possibly include combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations,
    therefore allowing both Australia and the US to respond more effectively
    to contemporary security challenges.
  • Training facilities at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland
    and the Bradshaw Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range in the
    Northern Territory will be further developed and linked with US facilities. The
    specific details of these upgrades are yet to be determined.
  • The centre will not be a US base, and the United States has not proposed
    establishing a permanent base in Australia.

Australia-US Joint Statement of Principles on Interoperability

  • The signature of the Australia-US Joint Statement of Principles on Interoperability
    provides a strong practical foundation to further developing Australia-US
    military cooperation.
  • The Statement of Principles provides an overarching and long-term statement
    that will guide decision making on the interoperability of Australia
    and US defence forces. This will enable us to work more closely
    and effectively in support of shared regional and global security interests.
  • Australia and the US have already agreed to enhance interoperability
    between our defence forces in areas such as communications and information
    exchange, operational planning and training.

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Last Updated: 24 January 2013
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