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The U.S., Britain and Australia are set to begin talks on bringing new members into their AUKUS security pact.

  • AUKUS is a trilateral security partnership between the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Australia agreed in 2021.
  • It is intended to strengthen the ability of each government to support security and defense interests, building on longstanding and ongoing bilateral ties.
  • It consists of two key pillars.
    • Pillar 1 focuses on supporting Australia to acquire its first conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarine (It does not involve the transfer of nuclear weapons to Australia.)
    • Pillar 2 focuses on cooperation in eight advanced military capability areas: artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technologies, innovation, information sharing, and cyber, undersea, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic and electronic warfare domains.