That includes the permanent rotational placement of what will be, by 2016, 2500 US marines in the Northern Territory.
Their presence in Australia is also to be at the centre of discussions in Perth next week between senior US and Australian politicians.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, will spend three days discussing the alliance with Foreign Affairs Minster Bob Carr, and Mr Smith. The US wants to rotate more soldiers, planes and possibly warships through Australia as a result of their highly public ''pivot'' to the Asia-Pacific, which comes at the end of a decade of costly land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.