U.S.-Australia Intelligence Sharing Relationship: From WWII to Modern Day
This essay provides a précis of the U.S.-Australian intelligence relationship, beginning with the UKUSA agreements after WWII and continuing through the Joint Defense Space Research Facility, South American regime changes, the CIA in Australia, the first Gulf War, and Afghanistan and Iraq. Examination is also afforded the legal obstacles of U.S. national disclosure policies that were overcome under the Bush-Howard alliance as well as the benefits and disadvantages of the growing bilateral relationship. The conclusion, “What‟s Next?”, succinctly outlines what will drive the relationship from both sides in the next four years. A majority of the sources are primary government officials from both countries, official government documents, government hearings, and press releases from relevant agencies.