Thanks Patrick, for posting this.
My recent comments about American bases all over the world and the hypocrisy (US), of criticising Russia for defending their own interests, together with my posting (sticking) the Malcolm Frazer suggestion of the dangers of Australia’s ties with the US, make your post very timely and important.
While this list is not exhaustive it does purport to show the entanglements of the Australian military in the US military. This is only to be expected after 50 years of the Australian-US military alignment. A base of the US military can be for year round occupation or for occupation of some weeks per year. The activities of the Australian military in collecting intelligence for the US can make a base which is wholly paid for and staffed by Australians a de facto US base.
A. Alice Springs
Pine Gap is really about three facilities employing 750 to 1,000 US and Australian personnel
1. a) the Singint collecting
2. b) the DSP and now star wars bases
3. c) the photographic section
4. d) the seismic station in Alice Springs itself
5. e) the town facility -see the web site. It is huge!
B. North West Cape
This base is…
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