DOS Cable re: Meetings with Assistant Secretary of Defense Crouch and Others

State Department cable to Secretary of State Powell giving advice on upcoming visits of senior U.S. Defense policy and Pol-Mil visitors to Australia in a two-week period in Mid-August 2003 "to convey the importance of our alliance to our Australian colleagues and to prepare systematically for a tightly focused, highly productive October meeting in Port Douglas." The cable points out that the press may infer something is wrong with so many meetings and with the people scheduled, but it is stressed that these are normal meetings that are scheduled by happenstance and partly because of the high operational tempo of the schedule.

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Thursday, August 7, 2003
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
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INFO AMCONSUL MELBOURNE

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AMCONSUL SYDNEY

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STATE FOR D: LBONNER, G: U/S DOBRIANSKY, S/S FOR PREEKER,

PM/RSAT, AC/ST, -EAP/ANP

OSD FOR ASD/ISP CROUCH, PDASD/ISA FLORY, OSD/ISP EPHU,

JS/J-5 FOR BG NORTH, JS FOR J2/J3/J4/J5/APAC,

HOMELAND SEC FOR A/S NEELY

COMMERCE FOR U/S ALDONAS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/06/2013
TAGS: PREL, OVIP, OTRA, FARM, MARR, AS
SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR THE VISITS OF ASD CROUCH, PM/AS
BLOOMFIELD, PDASD FLORY, AND BG NORTH, AUGUST 13-23

REF: A. CANBERRA 1467

B. CANBERRA 1466

C. STATE 209571

D. CANBERRA 1525

E. CANBERRA 1568

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DOS-002537
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DATE/CASE ID: 24 NOV 2004 200303827

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CLASSIFIED BY: (U) CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR J. THOMAS SCHIEFFER. REASO

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1.5 (A,B,D).

1. (S)•SUMMARY: THE EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF SENIOR U.S.
DEFENSE POLICY AND POL-MIL VISITORS TO AUSTRALIA IN A
TWO-WEEK PERIOD IN MID-AUGUST PRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO
CONVEY THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR ALLIANCE TO OUR AUSTRALIAN
COLLEAGUES AND TO PREPARE SYSTEMATICALLY FOR A TIGHTLY
FOCUSED, HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE OCTOBER AUSMIN MEETING IN PORT
DOUGLAS. /

THIS SCENE SETTER REVIEWS THE MAIN ISSUES LIKELY TO ARISE
DURING YOUR VISITS,/

OWE ALSO PROVIDE SUGGESTED GENERAL
APPROACHES TO USE IN MEDIA ENCOUNTERS. END SUMMARY.

OPTICS

2. (SBU) THE PRESS HERE WILL SOON CONCLUDE THAT THE STREAM OF
VISITORS MAY REPRESENT SOMETHING UNUSUAL. IT BEGINS WITH
DEPUTY SECRETARY ARMITAGE, CODEL GOSS, U/S DOBRIANSKY, U/S OF

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COMMERCE ALDONAS AND OTHER VISITORS FOR THE

AUSTRALIAN-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE, CONTINUES THROUGH
THE FLORY-LED OSD POLICY TALKS, DR. CROUCH'S MISSILE DEFENSE
TALKS; PM/AS BLOOMFIELD'S ANNUAL POLITICAL-MILITARY TALKS,
AND ENDS WITH THE FIRST-EVER (BG NORTH-LED) JOINT STAFF
TALKS. OUR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY SHOULD EMPHASIZE THAT THESE ARE
ALL NORMAL VISITS; THEY ARE BUNCHED PARTLY DUE TO
HAPPENSTANCE AND PARTLY BECAUSE THE HIGH OPERATIONAL TEMPO OF
OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM AND IRAQI FREEDOM INTERFERED WITH
ROUTINE SCHEDULING. j

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AUSMIN PREPARATION

ARMITAGE VISIT

MISSILE DEFENSE

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USG GLOBAL FORCE POSTURE REVIEW

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DEFENSE INDUSTRY ISSUES

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IRAN, NORTH KOREA

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FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

30. (SBU) WE ARE MID-WAY.THROUGH THE ACCELERATED NEGOTIATING
SCHEDULE THAT FORESEES COMPLETION OF THE BILATERAL FTA BY
YEAR-END AS DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT DURING PRIME MINISTER
HOWARD'S CRAWFORD VISIT IN MAY. AT THE THIRD ROUND IN
LATE-JULY, THE TWO SIDES EXCHANGED INITIAL MARKET ACCESS
OFFERS; WE WILL START TO EXCHANGE REQUESTS IN AUGUST. THE
TALKS AIM FOR A COMPREHENSIVE, WORLD STANDARD AGREEMENT THAT
WILL STIMULATE TRADE AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION BETWEEN THE

U.S. AND AUSTRALIA, SET PRECEDENTS FOR OTHER BILATERAL TRADE
ARRANGEMENTS TO EMULATE, AND HELP SPUR PROGRESS IN THE DOHA
ROUND OF WTO NEGOTIATIONS.

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AUGUST VISITOR LIST

33. (SBU) JAMES L. CAMPBELL
CDR, US ARMY PACIFIC
09-11 AUG CANBERRA
11-12 AUG SYDNEY

. RICHARD L. ARMITAGE
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE
AUSTRALIAN/AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE
10-13 AUG SYDNEY
12 AUG CANBERRA
14-16 AUG MELBOURNE
17 AUG SYDNEY •

FRANK LAVIN

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SINGAPORE
AUSTRALIAN/AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE

13 AUG CANBERRA
14-16 AUG MELBOURNE

SUSAN NEELY
A/S PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AUSTRALIAN/AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE -
13 AUG CANBERRA
14-16 AUG MELBOURNE

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PAULA DOBRIANSKY
UNDER SECRETARY FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS
AUSTRALIAN/AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE
14-16 AUG MELBOURNE .
GRANT ALDONAS
U/B, DEPT OF COMMERCE
AUSTRALIAN/AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE
CANBERRA 00001650 010 OF 010
ONAL WORKING GROUP (SLM-OWG)
13-19 AUG SYDNEY
20-22 AUG CANBERRA
LTG TOME WALTERS
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY
13 AUG SYDNEY
14- 17 AUG CANBERRA (WITH PDASD FLORY)
PDASD PETER FLORY
DEFENSE POLICY TALKS
14-15 AUG CANBERRA
16-17 AUG PINE GAP (TBC)
18-20 AUG CANBERRA (W/ASD CROUCH)
ASD/ISP J.D. CROUCH
MISSILE DEFENSE TALKS
18-20 AUG CANBERRA
20-21 AUG ADELAIDE.
21-22 AUG SYDNEY
PM/AS LINCOLN BLOOMFIELD
POLITICAL-MILITARY TALKS
.20-22 AUG CANBERRA
BG (USAF) GARY NORTH
U.S. DEPUTY DIRECTOR, J-5
JOINT STAFF TALKS
20-22 AUG CANBERRA
22-23 AUG SYDNEY
DR. RON SE-GA
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH & ENGINEERING (DDR&E)
21 AUG BRISBANE
22-24 AUG CANBERRA
25 AUG ADELAIDE
26 AUG MELBOURNE
27 AUG SYDNEY
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