U.S. and Australia signed another agreement to exchange top-secret military
technology and information. The new deal is believed to increase the amount of
top-secret U.S. technology Australia has access to. Agreements like this, both
formal and informal, have been in play since World War II. The Australians have
been very good at keeping American secrets secret. Such has not been the case
with Americas other major ally in the region, Japan.
The details of these
agreements are never officially discussed. It is known that several generations
of Australian warships, especially submarines, have had access to the latest
U.S. electronics innovations. Same with aircraft and electronic warfare gear in
Australia also cooperated
with the U.S. is establishing and running electronic eavesdropping facilities,
which has involved more exchanges of technology. This was vital during the Cold
War, when China and Russia were not only always up to something, but were
extremely secretive about it. U.S. and Australian intelligence and Special
Operations organizations have working relationships going back decades.