Land Forces Symposium for Central and Southwest Asia

Monday, June 18, 2018

What is it?

The 2018 Land Forces Symposium for Central and Southwest Asia (CASA) facilitates candid dialogue between participating nations and interagency stakeholders to increase understanding and cooperation in the region. This forum is a platform where participants share ideas and solutions to regional security challenges.

The Land Forces Symposium CASA is a part of U.S. Army Central (USARCENT)'s continuing outreach. The symposium aims to strengthen established alliances and partnerships, as well as encourage greater participation in future theater security cooperation exercises.

This is an annual venue for commanders and senior enlisted advisors from USARCENT and the CASA region. Senior leaders and guest experts from the U.S. State Department and the invited countries discuss lessons learned from past and ongoing peacekeeping operations that affect regional security and present potential challenges to U.S. national security in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility.

What has the Army done / is doing?

In past years, invited civilian and military experts have spoken about the state of foreign relations, the history of conflict, and emerging threats to peace and security. This year's symposium will take place June 18-22, 2018, and will feature leaders from the land force components in Central and South Asia.

At this year's symposium, presenters will lead and facilitate discussion on the following topics:

  • Peacekeeping and stability operations
  • Humanitarian assistance and disaster response
  • Border security
  • Military professionalization
  • Updates on U.S. Policy, Operation Resolute Support and Exercise Steppe Eagle.

For nearly a century, USARCENT has worked to maintain a constant state of readiness beyond their capacity and within the limits of allocated resources. USARCENT leaders and subordinate commands have fostered strong mil-mil relationships to set the theater and shape the environment in one of the most volatile regions in the world. Through 19 exercises and over 200 engagements, USARCENT continues to build trust with and between partners to deter malign influence and prevent future conflict.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

USARCENT will continue its commitment to the partners in the region and promote the Army's cultural values and military professionalism. USARCENT will continue to collaborate with trusted partners to confront mutual security challenges such as combating transnational terrorism and post-conflict peacekeeping.

Why is this important to the Army?

Strategic-level exchanges can inform future peacekeeping and stability operations doctrine, exercises, and concept plans in areas that border the Indo-Pacific and European theaters.

USARCENT's partnerships with CASA nations result in greater collective land force readiness, coalition capability, and mission command interoperability. Mil-mil exercises and exchanges help achieve better coordination between nations, government agencies, and non-government organizations.

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National Safety Month

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