94th AAMDC hosts forum to explain IAMD mission, impact in the Asia-Pacific region

| April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE — Planners from the U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defense Force engage in a missile defense strategy exercise, here, Feb. 13. The joint and combined exercise is an example of how building, maintaining and integrating joint and partner nation relationships are crucial in the overall IAMD picture, a topic that was discussed a great deal during the IAMD discussion panel, at the AUSA LANPAC conference at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 8-10.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE — Planners from the U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defense Force engage in a missile defense strategy exercise, here, Feb. 13. The joint and combined exercise is an example of how building, maintaining and integrating joint and partner nation relationships are crucial in the overall IAMD picture, a topic that was discussed a great deal during the IAMD discussion panel, at the AUSA LANPAC conference at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 8-10.

Story and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Karry James
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted a discussion panel during the Association of the U.S. Army Institute of Land Warfare 2014 LANPAC Symposium and Exposition held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, here, April 8-10.

The purpose of the event was to exchange ideas and increase rapport with joint, combined and industry forces, and other partners within the U.S. Pacific Command community.

This year’s theme for the symposium was “Land Forces: Assuring Security and Stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”

Several senior leaders hosted panel discussions on various topics that have become a staple of the annual three-day conference. One of those senior leaders was Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler, commander, 94th AAMDC.

Karbler, along with several other panel members, briefed other senior leaders of joint and combined capacity and the rest of the audience on Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) in the Pacific Region and its effects on joint and multinational operations.

“It is an entirely joint and combined effort to do the air and missile defense mission here, which is why I have always been very excited to do this panel for the last couple of years,” said Karbler.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler (at podium), commander, 94th AAMDC, initiates the open forum IAMD panel discussion with seven other key missile defense senior leaders during the 2014 LANPAC Symposium and Exposition at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 9.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler (at podium), commander, 94th AAMDC, initiates the open forum IAMD panel discussion with seven other key missile defense senior leaders during the 2014 LANPAC Symposium and Exposition at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 9.

Other panel members taking part in the discussion were Navy Capt. David Connelly, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul McGillicuddy, chief of staff, Pacific Air Forces; Army Maj. Gen. Ole Knudson, program executive and programs and integration, Missile Defense Agency; Air Force Col. Eddie Boxx, space and IAMD division chief, U.S. Pacific Command; Marine Lt. Col. John Barry, commander, Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Okinawa; Richard Choppa, strategic missile and defense systems, Boeing Company; and Eugene Stockel, air and missile defense, force protection director, Lockheed Martin.

“The IAMD insight and knowledge presented by the other panel members was absolutely impressive,” Boxx said. “My first thoughts when asked to join, and looking at who else was there, was this is the IAMD major league level. Even after a year in D.C., in the think tank world researching IAMD, I have never seen a panel with that much breadth and depth of IAMD and joint expertise.”

The expectation of the 94th commander and the panel members was to leave the audience with a sense of awareness of the impact and the ever-increasing role of IAMD in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Information that made an impression on me was that missile defense is one of the most important areas of focus for the Department of Defense right now,” said Capt. Claudia Donahue, secretary general staff, 94th AAMDC. “It is one of only two fields in the U.S. military that is growing instead of downsizing.”

In his address at the podium, Boxx stressed to the audience that “because of the regional demands of missile defense, combined with the homeland defense requirements of missile defense (homeland being not just the 50 states, but our territories such as Guam), PACOM has taken a greater ‘operational’ IAMD role than ever before.

“To tackle these challenges of missile defense in an anti-access, aerial denial environment,” Boxx continued, “we must focus on deterrence, joint IAMD training and greater partner nation integration.”

“Another key communication objective of the panel discussion was to give the attendees the latest and greatest information on missile assets and capabilities,” said Maj. Gabriella McKinney, public affairs officer, 94th AAMDC, “and to let them know about new technologies that might be forthcoming in the future.”

“The key takeaway for me was learning that the joint IAMD community is continuing to thrive and is only getting better as we keep working with all the other services,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Myrice, attack operations noncommissioned officer in charge, 94th AAMDC, who was an audience member listening in on the panel. “Also, the fact that there is still a strong push to get the new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries up and operational, as soon as possible, to help in the defense of the continental U.S. and Pacific areas of responsibility is good to know.”

The 94th AAMDC hosts its IAMD panel discussion at the event to highlight and discuss the role of Army air and missile defense in relation to the land force, as well as joint and combined forces.

The 94th AAMDC’s mission, in particular, is to, on order, deploy in the Pacific Command area of responsibility and conduct joint and combined theater air and missile defense in support of designated operation plans and contingency operations.

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