This past week’s announcement that the United States would station 2,500 Marines in Darwin, Australia is a positive development for American foreign policy. Incidentally, seven years ago I made this recommendation as part of a student group in a defense management class I took in graduate school.
My recommendation’s rationale was to ensure that the United States military could deploy a force anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours. In contrast, America’s arrangement with Australia likely is a hedge against an increasingly aggressive and expansionist China. That said, the ability to deploy forces quickly anywhere in the region is also probably an important factor.
Whatever the motivation, I commend the President on his strategic move.