LANPAC Features US, Indo-Pacific Army Leaders

LANPAC Features US, Indo-Pacific Army Leaders

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Leaders from U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army Futures Command, U.S. Space Command and the Australian and Philippine armies will speak at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Hawaii.

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.

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.

Throughout the symposium, there also will be almost 70 exhibits and a Leadership Forum for a select group of about 100 soldiers conducted by AUSA’s Center for Leadership.

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LANPAC opens May 16 with a keynote presentation by Gen. Charles Flynn, commanding general of Army Pacific, who will discuss emerging technologies and war. Gen. James Dickinson, commander of Space Command, will talk about developments in missiles, long-range fires and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies, and there will be panel discussions on changes in warfare, observations from the Russo-Ukrainian war and reconnaissance-strike complexes and their effect on land warfare. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston is scheduled to speak, followed by a panel discussion on the role of the NCO corps in land power across the Indo-Pacific.

The second day of LANPAC will start with a keynote presentation titled “Imagining a New Era of Land Warfare” by Young Bang, principal deputy assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology.

Lt. Gen. Simon Stuart, Australia’s chief of Army, will talk about the contemporary challenges of maintaining military readiness, and there will be panel discussions on increased urbanization and other demographic trends, cyber and information warfare and the role of land forces in deterrence.

The final day of LANPAC begins with a presentation by Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner, who will discuss the state of multilateral training and exercises in the Indo-Pacific. There will be two panel discussions, on training for future warfare and land warfare myths and misconceptions.

The final speaker is Gen. James Rainey, commanding general of Futures Command, who will talk about emerging and future concepts.

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 and North Korea.

The Indo-Pacific is not just an air or maritime theater, Flynn said. “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.”