The United States would benefit from reframing the way it employs forces globally to remain relevant in great power competition, particularly in light of persistent competition with China. Partnerships set the conditions for mutual operational success. The Australian and U.S. alliance, in particular, can offer both countries relative advantage by increasing training and operational opportunities in pursuit of shared security objectives.
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2. John W. Black, “Marine Rotational Force-Darwin,” Marine Corps Gazette Quantico 97, no. 3, (March 2013): 60–62.
3. Geoffrey Till, Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, Taylor, and Francis, 2018), 39.
4. CJCS JP 5-0 Operational Planning (2019): P I–5.: “Operational art is the application of intuition and creative imagination by commanders and staffs. Supported by their skill, knowledge, experience, creativity, and judgment, commanders seek to understand the OE, visualize and describe the desired end state, and employ assigned resources to achieve objectives.”