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Biden announces historic new AUKUS security initiative

President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks about a national security initiative from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks about a national security initiative from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced AUKUS, a new Indo-Pacific security alliance.

During a news conference on Wednesday at the White House, Biden said the U.S. will share intelligence and technology to deal with “rapidly evolving threats” and to “build a future of peace.”

President Joe Biden, joined virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right on screen, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks about a national security initiative from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The U.S. already shared the tech on nuclear submarines with the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. With artificial intelligence and other new technologies, submarines have evolved.

Biden and Boris agreed to share new tech with Australia to create a modern submarine fleet that could spend more time at sea and be better at avoiding detection.

5 p.m. report

After Sen. Marco Rubio’s demands to fire Gen. Mark Milley on Tuesday, Biden said on Wednesday that he has full confidence in Milley.

4 p.m. report


About the Authors:

Ben Kennedy is an Emmy Award-winning Washington Bureau Chief for Local 10 News. He has more than a decade of reporting experience nationwide.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.