Australia is sleepwalking along a path of military expansion and confrontation in line with US security priorities, instead of setting our own security policies
- Stuart Rollo is a writer focused on Asia-Pacific politics
We are now in the second week of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017. This year is the largest ever of the biennial training and interoperability exercise hosted by Australia, with more than 30,000 troops, including personnel from the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Canada participating.
The massive set of month-long war games demonstrates Australia’s firm place within the system of US regional military dominance and alliances that has underpinned regional stability since the Vietnam war.