SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific personnel and sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit ONE retrieve an unmanned underwater vehicle deployed to detect mines and improvised explosives in shallow water environments.
The Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) complex, Point Loma, California, is home to several of the nation’s research, development and support groups.
A U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program dolphin named KDog wears a locating pinger while performing mine clearance work in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War. The SSC Pacific team runs the program.

Performing Open-Heart Surgery on Pacific Fleet Systems

November 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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As the U.S. Navy modernizes information systems across the fleet, one organization is responsible for researching, developing and fielding the full range of technologies in the Asia-Pacific region, providing complete life cycle development and support for systems, from concept to fielded capability.

The nearly $400 million U.S. Army Pacific mission command facility at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, will provide state-of-the-art capabilities and dovetail with JIE requirements.

U.S. Army Advances Plans for New Pacific Command Facility

November 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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When the U.S. military began its now popularly termed “Asia pivot” a few years ago, the new outward focus on the Pacific region as a national military priority warranted some internal Defense Department focus on how to achieve the mission—to include bumping up the position for the U.S. Army Pacific commander from a three-star general to a four-star.

More than 40 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations sail in formation during this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. For the first time, the People’s Republic of China joined 21 other nations participating in RIMPAC.
Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, USN, commander of PACOM, visits the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the People’s Republic of China. PACOM continues to work to build relationships with Chinese officials and organizations with a goal of maximizing common interests and minimizing conflicts.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet takes off from the USS John C. Stennis in the South China Sea. The Asia-Pacific region, home to dozens of nations with diverse relationships, may have its longtime peace and security disrupted by internal or external threats.

Recent Events Test Pacific Command Agenda

November 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region is being challenged by internal and external developments that are changing how the U.S. Pacific Command carries out its missions. Internal developments include budgetary pressures and local disputes. External developments include terrorism that could be migrating into the vast region.

U.S. Evaluating Legal Protections for Cybersecurity Technologies

November 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
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The Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act is finding a new application as it may serve to protect against the potential for lawsuits arising from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. Lawyers are answering questions from clients about possible legal actions, and the department and institute are working together to ensure developers work with confidence.