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December 21, 2005

New US-Australia counterterror cooperation treaty

Filed under: International HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 21, 2005

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting today that the US and Australia have inked a new counterterrorism cooperation treaty today:

Australia and the United States are joining forces to share more resources in the battle against terrorism.

The two nations signed a treaty aimed at improving the exchange of scientific and technological information dealing with counter-terrorism….

“The agreement will facilitate co-operative activities such as collaborative research, staff visits and information and material exchange that will contribute to the enhancement of domestic security capabilities of both nations.”

Mr Nairn said the scope of the agreement included law enforcement, forensic science, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management.

These types of international homeland security activities can provide a very positive contribution to the war on terror, and are needed given the global and networked nature of the terrorism threat. But they need to be implemented in a way that focuses on strengthening ties within a lean and fast-moving organizational structure – and not become an excuse to create new institutions and bureaucracies.

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