USARPAC co-hosts Pacific Armies Management Seminar to build partnership in the Pacific

Wednesday August 27, 2008

What is it?

Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XXXII) is the U.S. Army's largest Asia-Pacific theater security cooperation program event. It is a multinational military seminar that provides a forum for senior-level (lieutenant colonel to major general, or national equivalent) officers from the Asia Pacific's regional ground forces in U.S. Army, Pacific's area of responsibility to exchange views and ideas.

What has the Army done?

Senior Army security force leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Jakarta, Indonesia during this last week of August. Army officers and security officials from approximately 30 nations in the Asia-Pacific region are attending. PAMS XXXII is co-hosted by the National Army of Indonesia (TNI-AD) and the U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC).

PAMS XXXII will explore "Critical Land/Security Forces' Challenges." Seminar participants will discuss the following topics:
- Gaining and maintaining situational understanding in the contemporary operating environment
- Training and educating forces for success in complex coalition operations
- Transitioning from conflict to post-conflict coalition operations
- Employing cooperative inter-agency and non-governmental approaches during post-conflict operations

The long-term objective of PAMS is to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region through mutual understanding, dialogue and friendship.

Why is this important to the Army?

PAMS 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.

The strategic importance of building partner capacity and enhancing relationships in the Asia-Pacific area cannot be overlooked. Though the USARPAC area of responsibility 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 (OPLANS) 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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"The United States Army in the Pacific-is committed to staying engaged with our friends in the Asia-Pacific theater. Our relationships and partnerships have been, and will continue to be, a centerpiece of our engagement strategy in the theater. Our focus needs to be moving from bi-lateral solutions to more multi-lateral ones. We are eager to learn from each other, to enhance our understanding and mutual cooperation which will serve us well in our partnerships, future exercises and personal relationships."

- Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific and co-host for Pacific Armies Management Seminar XXXII in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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