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NEWS | Oct. 4, 2023

AUSA Preview: Landpower in the Indo-Pacific (CMF #3)

U.S. Army Pacific

U.S. Army Pacific -- The Association of the United States Army will host a Contemporary Military Forum at 3 p.m., Oct. 10, focused on the critical role Landpower plays across the Indo-Pacific, as part of AUSA’s annual meeting and exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Gen. Charles Flynn, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, Lt. Gen. Kobayashi Hiroki, Vice Chief of Staff, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, and Dr. Ely Ratner, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs will discuss the essential capabilities the U.S. Army brings to the joint force for ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

At the recent Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference, or IPACC, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George said “[landpower] not only contributes to our shared security, land power is decisive. Our land power network … is a security architecture that binds this region together and leads to unity and collected commitment across the region. And that unity and commitment are the best deterrence.”

The diverse backgrounds of the three panelists, moderated by retired Lt. Gen. James Dubik, will make for a robust conversation of the significance of armies in a region typically referred to as an air and maritime theater. Panelist will also provide examples of how, together, armies in the Indo-Pacific form that security architecture through continued training side-by-side with Allies and Partners to increase their interoperability.

Throughout the Indo-Pacific, 80% of armed forces are soldiers. According to Flynn, “these nations have large armies. They don't have large navies and air forces, but they have large armies. And the dialogue and the relationships and the rehearsals and the readiness that we gain, and the interoperability increases that we gain is of enormous value.”

The panel will also be livestreamed at on October 10th, 2023, 3:00 p.m. (EDT).