Australia Unveils Military Boost

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Australia announced a significant boost to its military air power on Friday (May 3) and committed to long-term plans to buy up to 100 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighters as it shifts its military strategy back to the Indo-Pacific region. After more than a decade of having forces first in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, Australia wants to focus on the military challenges closer to home, in line with U.S. President Barack Obama's 2011 "pivot" towards the Asia-Pacific.