Building Partnership Capacity across half of the Earth's surface

Thursday July 24, 2008

What is it?

United States Army, Pacific (USARPAC) is building partner capacity through more than 75 security cooperation exchanges, exercises and other events in 39 nations across the vast distances of the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), this year.

What has the Army done?

From India, Indonesia and Australia to Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, USARPAC supports U.S. Pacific Command's (USPACOM's) priority of regional engagement by actively seeking cooperation and collaboration with allies and partners in order to achieve effective solutions to common challenges.

We build the capability of our allies so they can take care of operations themselves. Our efforts in exercises sustain access to ports, airfields and facilities in the event we need to use them. We build interoperability with forces in the Pacific so that we form coalitions that can work together effectively.

These engagements reassure friends and allies of America's long-term commitment to peace and stability in the Pacific region. This year, we will participate in approximately 75 events which include joint, bilateral and multilateral exercises in China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Cambodia.

Joint Exercises include Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian in South Korea, Cobra Gold in Thailand, Balikatan in the Philippines, Talisman Saber in Australia and USPACOM's Terminal Fury. Army forces throughout the Pacific also participate in numerous bilateral and multilateral exercises with other armies in the region.

Every year we conduct an exchange of views and ideas through the Pacific Armies Management Seminar, a multinational, military seminar forum of senior-level officers from the Asia Pacific's regional ground forces. It is not only a forum to enhance understanding of the subjects studied, it also provides an opportunity for the future leaders of the region's armies to establish and cultivate a set of strong interpersonal relationships.

Why is this important to the Army?

The strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific area cannot be overlooked. Though the USPACOM's AOR has long been considered by many as a maritime theater, it is nonetheless dominated by armies. The sheer size of the Pacific area includes 41 countries, 16 time zones, 50 percent of the earth's surface and 60 percent of the world's population, including the four most populous countries. Five of the seven U.S. mutual defense treaties are with countries in the Pacific. Two of the three active operations plans are also within the region. More than one third of all U.S. trade, in excess of $1.1 trillion, moves through this region annually. There are no short trips in the Pacific (16 time zones) and no short deployments either.


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