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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is not the only senior foreign dignitary visiting Australia to discuss military cooperation. The Dutch chief of defense staff, General Peter van Uhm, has been meeting with Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith and the Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley, to examine the possibility of cooperating in the areas of cyberdefense, submarines and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Dutch Ministry of Defense photo

The Dutch and Australian armed forces have already been cooperating in Afghanistan in Uruzgan province, where they were both deployed until the Dutch withdrawal.

Possibilities of cooperation in cyberdefense and on the JSF include sharing knowledge, experience and technology. Australia has asked the Netherlands for support and advice on maintaining its submarines.

Van Uhm said the the two countries could take advantage of being in different time zones to take turns monitoring the web for cyberthreats, making their cyberdefenses more efficient.

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