CANBERRA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock
announced on Wednesday Australia will take part in a U.S. counter-terrorism
exercise for the first time next month.
Exercise Top Officials 4 in Arizona, Oregon and the U.S. territory of Guam,
or TOPOFF 4, is the fourth in a series of exercises hosted by the United States.
The exercise is aimed at testing U.S. preparedness and response systems in
relation to a simulated terrorist incident.
Australian government agencies will join Canada and the United Kingdom in
this year's exercise.
"Australia has a comprehensive counter-terrorism exercise program to test
our arrangements at a national level," Ruddock said in a statement.
"TOPOFF 4 will allow our Australian security agencies to test their
responses in conjunction with some of our international partners," he said.
"Taking part in a large scale international exercise allows Australia to
continue to strengthen our national preparedness while also expanding
international coordination mechanisms," he said.
During the exercise, personnel from Australian agencies will beembedded
with U.S. agencies as they respond to simulated attacks.
Australia will also work with the three countries to respond toconsular
issues arising from the attacks.