US Air Force to boost presence in northern Australian bases

ch01_02_29_f111Speaking in Canberra yesterday, US General Lori Robinson confirmed that high-level talks are underway to boost the presence of long-range American bombers at Australian air bases in the Northern Territory. The deployment is part of the US military build-up throughout the Indo-Pacific region, which is integral to the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” directed against China. Robinson, who is commander of the US Pacific Air Forces, provided few details, saying: “We’re in the process of talking about rotational forces, bombers and tankers out of Australia.” As to whether that means B-1 supersonic bombers and B-52 strategic bombers, she said: “[W]e are still working through the details.” Read More