The presence of US marines on Australian soil is a radical departure from normal practice that has never been fully explained
The 2018 contingent of more than 1,500 US marines began arriving in Darwin two weeks ago. Every year since 2012 marines have been routinely stationed here, and, under the terms of the force posture agreement between the USA and Australia, they will be here every year until 2040.
This is an extraordinary arrangement, which has come under little public scrutiny. The strategic significance of having the forces of a foreign nation stationed on domestic territory has largely escaped attention. Why this highly unusual deployment has become necessary in peace time has never been properly explained.
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