Friday November 30, 2012
What is it?
The Disaster Management Exchange (DME) between the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) is a reciprocal military-to-military exchange. This annual exchange is designed to enhance U.S. and Chinese disaster management capabilities, improve U.S. and Chinese dialogue for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) events, and improve bilateral cooperation. The 2012 DME is being hosted by the PLA in China: Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu from Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2012.
What has the Army done?
The Disaster Management Exchange is one of the U.S. Army Pacific's foremost security cooperation events, which began in 1998 with actual visits beginning in 2005. The DME is a bilateral exchange that provides a forum for mid and senior-level Army officers from the PLA and USARPAC to exchange views; not only a forum to enhance understanding of HA/DR operations, but also an opportunity to establish and enhance strong interpersonal relationships, building positive habits of cooperation between future leaders of both armies. Through these exchanges, USARPAC has developed the most advanced military-to-military relationship with the PRC in the realm of disaster management of all the service components in the U.S. Pacific Command's (USPACOM's) area of responsibility.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
U.S. Army Pacific is committed to building on the success of the Disaster Management Exchange with the PLA through increased security cooperation exchanges, exercises and other events in the future. The USARPAC will host the PLA for next year's Disaster Management Exercise in the United States.
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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