LANPAC Symposium Opens Tuesday

Monday, May 18, 2015

Military, government, academic and industry representatives from around the Indo-Asia-Pacific region are gathering in Honolulu for the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition, a three-day event that begins Tuesday. Hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare, the event comes as tension are rising in the Pacific as a result of multiple issues and as the U.S. and other nations are responding with military forces on humanitarian missions in Nepal after two major earthquakes. Retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, president and CEO of the association, said he is excited by the meeting in Hawaii. “It’s an opportunity to host discussions about landpower in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater. The LANPAC Symposium and Exposition will include government and industry representatives from the U.S. and 28 other nations to discuss humanitarian and military cooperation and partnership building, with top-notch speakers and panelists,” Sullivan said. “This will be a world-class event.” Gen. Vincent Brooks, the U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, will be one of the keynote speakers. In March, during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., Brooks said the major effort by the U.S. military is building and strengthening relations with other countries, and part of that is being seen. “Rebalance is a policy commitment, a strategic commitment,” Brooks said. “Our friends in the region still look for evident. “Where are you,’ ‘We want to see you,’ ‘We want to see you more,’ is what most of the countries in the region are asking,” Brook said. The U.S. military, and especially the U.S. Army through its Pacific Pathways program, is doing that, he said. LANPAC is held at the May 19 to 21 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Details on registration and the schedule of speeches and panel discussions are available here: LANPAC Symposium 2015