The United States Force Posture Initiatives (the Initiatives) are an extension of Australia’s existing Defence alliance with the United States (US). The objectives of the Initiatives are to improve interoperability between Australian and US armed forces, provide opportunities to engage with partners in the Indo-Pacific, promote regional stability, and better posture both nations to respond to contingencies such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The Initiatives are a key component of the alliance and include the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and Enhanced Air Cooperation.
Australia’s alliance with the US is our most important Defence relationship and central to Australia’s strategic and security arrangements. The Initiatives are a key component of this alliance.
The MRF-D is an annual rotation of US Marines through Darwin during the dry season, along with vehicles, equipment and aviation capabilities.
The EAC builds on the broad range of combined air exercises and training activities already undertaken between the US and Australia to better integrate both militaries.
Both the Australian and US governments have agreed to invest in a range of infrastructure and supporting arrangements to implement the Initiatives. The economic benefits of the Initiatives include infrastructure projects and spending associated with supporting and maintaining infrastructure, facilities and equipment.