LANPAC begins with reminder of threats

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Staff Sgt. Shaun Thompson, a jungle school instructor with the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy, discusses the jungle school course curriculum along with lessons learned with Col. Haszaimi Bol Hassan, with the Royal Brunei Land Force, during the Land Forces Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium, May 24 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. U.S. Army leaders, alongside joint and regional partners, discuss and showcase the critical role of Pacific land forces during the three-day event. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Shaun Thompson, a jungle school instructor with the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy, discusses the jungle school course curriculum along with lessons learned with Col. Haszaimi Bol Hassan, with the Royal Brunei Land Force, during the Land Forces Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium, May 24 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. U.S. Army leaders, alongside joint and regional partners, discuss and showcase the critical role of Pacific land forces during the three-day event. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Silvers, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Association of the United States Army
News Release

HONOLULU — The U.S. and its Pacific partners began a three-day meeting Tuesday (May 23) in Honolulu with a fresh reminder from North Korea about danger in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Theater.

Sunday’s (May 21) successful ballistic missile launch by the regime of North Korea’s pugnacious leader Kim Jong Un, and his subsequent declaration of beginning mass production of the midrange solid-fuel missiles known as the Pukguksong-2, is evidence, if any was needed, that there are serious security issues at stake.

The Association of the U.S. Army is hosting the three-day LANPAC Symposium and Exposition involving representatives of land forces from 29 nations.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii- U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez (right), the commanding general of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, led an air and missile defense panel discussion focused on “Land Forces in the Air and Missile Defense and Emerging Capabilities”, May 25, 2016, during the fourth annual Land Forces Pacific Symposium (LANPAC) 2016, May 24-26, hosted by the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare at Honolulu, Hawaii.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii- U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez (right), the commanding general of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, led an air and missile defense panel discussion focused on “Land Forces in the Air and Missile Defense and Emerging Capabilities”, May 25, 2016, during the fourth annual Land Forces Pacific Symposium (LANPAC) 2016, May 24-26, hosted by the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare at Honolulu, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

“That’s pretty powerful,” said retired Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Association of the U.S. Army’s president and CEO.

This is AUSA’s fifth LANPAC conference, with chiefs of staff of nine armies attending an event focused on joint and multinational operations, and on keeping a combat-ready edge for forces in theater or dedicated to theater operations. Ham said there is no other similar forum solely focused on the challenges facing and resources required for land forces and land power in the Pacific.

Gen. Robert B. Brown, the U.S. Army-Pacific commanding general, said the world is becoming more complex and the speed with which things change has increased. The fog of war was once not having enough information. Today, he said, the fog of war is being overwhelmed by too much.

“Those who would do us harm can sometimes move much faster than we can,” Brown said.

‘The key thing about being here is we have 29 countries working together,” Brown said. “Our advantage is realizing our combined potential.”

Senior leaders from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force talk force projection and sustainment of land forces during a panel discussion at LANPAC 2016. The "world-class international event highlights the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and their contributions to the joint force in peace and war," according to the website of the event sponsor, the Association of the United States Army. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

Senior leaders from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force talk force projection and sustainment of land forces during a panel discussion at LANPAC 2016. The “world-class international event highlights the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and their contributions to the joint force in peace and war,” according to the website of the event sponsor, the Association of the United States Army. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs)

As the LANPAC conference got underway, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was telling the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., about North Korea’s threat to regional stability.

“North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction program, public threats, defiance of the international community, confrontational military posturing, cyber activities and potential for internal instability pose a complex and increasingly grave national security threat to the United States and its interests,” Coats told the committee.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, Defense Intelligence Agency director, appeared at the same hearing with a similar warning.

“North Korea is an antagonistic state actor and remains a critical security challenge for the United States,” Stewart said.

 

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