Monday July 16, 2012
What is it?
Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS) is the Asia-Pacific region's longest running military seminar series and U.S. Army Pacific's (USARPAC) premier Army Security Cooperation Program (ASCP) event.
Annually USARPAC co-hosts PAMS with a regional Pacific partner, and this year the Australia Army is co-hosting PAMS XXXVI July 16-20, 2012, in Canberra, Australia where 27 nations are to attend. This year's theme is "Asia-Pacific Land Forces, New Challenges, Shared Solutions".
What has the Army done?
Pacific Armies Management Seminar is a multinational military seminar providing a forum for senior-level (lieutenant colonel to major general, or national equivalent) officers from regional ground forces and security services to exchange views; not only a forum to enhance understanding of subjects studied, but also an opportunity to establish and enhance strong interpersonal relationships among the future leaders of regional armies/security forces. Previous conferences have explored transnational threats in the Asia-Pacific, HA/DR in natural and human-induced disasters, and developing security and land forces' leaders for the 21st century. Through these conferences and its training and exercise programs with Asia-Pacific forces, U.S. Army Pacific has bolstered the regions capabilities and levels of interoperability.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
U.S. Army Pacific is committed to building partner capacity through security cooperation exchanges, exercises and other events in 36 nations across the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility as identified under the global peace operations initiative and other initiatives in the region. USARPAC advocates and liaises with the National Guard, Reserves and active-duty Army components for exercises that support improved interoperability with Asia-Pacific counterparts in support of Theater Security Cooperation efforts.
Why is this important to the Army?
The United States has common interests in the region and seeks to further these areas of common interest. Joint military exchanges enhance interoperability with U.S. allies and partners. Multinational responses to numerous humanitarian crises in the region have been more rapid and efficient because of the strong ties developed as a result of these types of conferences.
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"The Pacific Armies Management Seminar is the longest running security forces meeting in the Pacific region, and I believe the continued commitment by participants is recognition of the benefits PAMS provides in strengthening our interpersonal relationships and mutual trust. We share a common goal of promoting security and stability in our nations and this conference enables us to step up onto a regional platform and contribute to developing regional resilience."
- Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific
"This serves as a testament to the importance of what we're doing to strengthen the alliance on a peninsula where any given day we could be called upon to defend this nation. "
- Sgt. Maj. Rodney D. Harris, Eighth Army Command, speaks about the memorandum of understanding between the Republic of Korea and U.S. to implement the bilateral NCO training program.
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