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May 16 @ 8:00 am - May 18 @ 5:00 pm PDT
Registration is open for the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium & Exposition in Hawaii.
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An international symposium and exhibition dedicated to land forces in the Indo-Pacific, the three-day in-person event will take place May 16–18 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. It will feature leaders from the U.S. Army and partner armies in the Indo-Pacific and government and industry representatives.
This year’s theme is “Emerging Changes to Warfare.” Topics that will be discussed include how warfare is changing and the consequences for land forces in the Indo-Pacific, and how the armies in the region are collaborating to adapt.
The Indo-Pacific is home to more than half of the world’s population, 3,000 different languages, several of the world’s largest militaries and two of the three largest economies, according to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
In the region, the Army plays a key role as the U.S. builds partnerships with allies and works to deter countries such as China, described by senior leaders as the U.S. military’s “pacing challenge,” and North Korea.
The region is a “complicated neighborhood,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said recently. “Our goal is to avoid fighting a land war in Asia,” she said. “This is all about deterrence.”
But the Army also must be ready, Wormuth said, adding that the service plays key roles in the theater.
Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of U.S. Army Pacific, said the Indo-Pacific is not just an air or maritime theater. “This is a joint theater,” he said. “It’s got joint challenges and joint problems, and it requires joint solutions.”
Flynn, who has served multiple assignments in the Indo-Pacific since 2014, said the People’s Liberation Army is on a “historical trajectory” as it builds up its forces and capabilities.
“Our goal out there is no war,” Flynn said. “But we have to be in the position to deter that from happening.”