"Holy shit," pretty much sums up my reaction to the recent footage of Royal Australian Air Force pilots zooming past skyscrapers in a C-17A Globemaster as the words "terrain, terrain, terrain," and "obstacle ahead" blare over the intercom in the cockpit.

The 360-degree cockpit footage was posted to the Royal Australian Air Force's official YouTube page on Friday along with a series of impressive photos showing the not-so-lumbering beast of a plane flying over (like, just barely over) Brisbane, Australia ahead of a recent airshow.

Yes, that was just a rehearsal.

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AAP Image/Andrew Taylor/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the United States revealed ambitions to site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Officials from both governments held talks in Sydney over the weekend that ended with a joint statement in which the two allies pledged to strengthen opposition to Chinese activities in Asia-Pacific, as both sides have become increasingly concerned about China's spreading influence.

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Associated Press/The Yomiuri Shimbun

Kevin Rudd, the former Australian prime minister, and an expert on China, reviews the U.S.-China relationship in a powerful article that will run in the December issue of Proceedings. He begins and ends politely, but in between delivers a pretty damning assessment of the Trump Administration’s performance. Worth keeping in mind as Trump heads into the G-20 on Friday and Saturday.

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The Marine commander in charge of more than 1,500 Marines in Darwin, Australia who was relieved of his command after police caught him driving under the influence in late September recently plead guilty to the charges in a local court.

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In the recent Pitch Black joint exercise in Australia, the land of crocodiles and terrifying spiders, U.S. Marines were finally able to fly a mission with MV-22 Ospreys escorted by light aircraft.

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Photo by Michael Yon via Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve got a thing for the Punisher, the Spartans of old, or the Grim Reaper as part of your warfighting gear, the Australian army has a message for you: pack your shit and go.

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