US, Indo-Pacific Army Leaders to Speak at LANPAC

US, Indo-Pacific Army Leaders to Speak at LANPAC

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Commanders from U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army Futures Command and the Japanese, South Korean and Australian armies are among the leaders scheduled to speak at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Hawaii.

An international symposium dedicated to land forces in the Indo-Pacific, the three-day event is May 14–16 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. It is expected to draw military leaders from more than 26 countries, including at least 15 army chiefs.

This year’s theme is “Campaigning with Landpower.” Topics that will be discussed include creating and maintaining joint interior lines, the evolving role of NCOs in the region, and multidomain operations for the Army, the joint force and industry.

There also will be almost 70 exhibits and a Leadership Forum for a select group of about 120 soldiers conducted by AUSA’s Center for Leadership.

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Army updates from the symposium will be available here. You can join the conversation with this year’s hashtag #LANPAC2024.

LANPAC opens May 14 with a keynote from Gen. Charles Flynn, commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, followed by a panel discussion on integrating all domains for the coalition and joint campaign. Panelists include Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commanding general of I Corps; Lt. Gen. David Hodne, director of Army Futures Command’s Futures and Concepts Center; and Marcia Holmes, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for mission capabilities.

In the afternoon, there will be a panel on the evolving role of the NCO in the region, featuring senior enlisted leaders from U.S. Forces Korea, the Marine Corps and the armies of New Zealand, Singapore and Australia.

Brig. Gen. Onisivoro Covunisaqa, commander of the Fiji Military Forces’ Land Force Command, will provide a keynote, and there will be a panel on the adversary approach to multidomain operations.

Mario Diaz, deputy undersecretary of the Army, opens Day 2 of LANPAC with a keynote address. Flynn will then lead a panel on forward positioning and tactical defense, featuring Gen. Yasunori Morishita, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Gen. An Su Park, chief of staff of the Republic of Korea Army, and Lt. Gen. Simon Stuart, chief of the Australian Army.

Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commanding general of the 11th Airborne Division, and Air Force Lt. Gen. David Nahom, commander of Alaskan Command at U.S. Northern Command, will talk about the challenges of operating in the range of environments in the Indo-Pacific.

In the afternoon, Stuart will provide a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of multinational training and exercises led by Lt. Gen. James Jarrard, deputy commanding general of Army Pacific.

The third and final day of LANPAC will begin with a keynote by Young Bang, principal deputy assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. Maj. Gen. Jered Helwig, commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, will then lead a discussion on sustainment in competition, crisis and conflict.

The U.S. Army plays a key role in the Indo-Pacific, home to more than half of the world’s population, several of the world’s largest militaries and two of the three largest economies. Between 2020 and 2024, the Army has made “pretty substantial” progress in building partnerships with allies, increasing U.S. presence in the region and working to deter countries such as China, Flynn said recently.

“We already have a limited regional war going on in Europe. We’ve got a limited regional war going on in the Middle East. The last thing that we can afford is to have another war out here in the Pacific,” Flynn said. “And we’re doing everything we can to prevent that from happening.”