TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012




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Technology Will Be the Leveling Tool for Pacific Rebalancing

Technology advances hold the key for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) to fulfill its new missions as part of the U.S. strategic realignment toward the Asia-Pacific region. Many of the technologies that top the wish lists of PACOM leadership are the usual suspects: enablers of interoperability and data sharing. But, in addition to introducing new capabilities, technology advances also are needed for defending against emerging vulnerabilities.

The third and final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012 featured a well-distributed set of PACOM leaders describing their challenges and needs. One panel featured four of the commands joint directors discussing their requirements in the context of each others fields. Ultimately, the head of the Pacific Fleet delivered a straight-up wish list designed to carry the fleet well into the foreseeable future.

Day 2: Cyberspace, Technology Innovation Throw Plans Into Well of Uncertainty

The threat to cyberspace has a new face, new tactics and new goals. For the U.S. military, this could not come at a worse time with the force being realigned to provide greater emphasis on security in the Asia-Pacific region.

A new type of player has emerged among cyber malefactors, and many of the traditional adversaries are adopting new tactics that combine both hardware and software exploitation. These threats no longer are confined to customary targets, as even systems once thought sacrosanct are vulnerable to potentially devastating onslaughts.

Day 1: A Regional Imbalance Confronts a Strategic Rebalance in the Pacific

The new strategic emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region poses a new set of challenges for the U.S. military, ranging from cyberspace attacks to missile defense in a large-scale conflict. Meeting these challenges will require a new approach to coalition building as well as a shift in technology procurement. And, the relationship among the United States, China and their neighbors will weigh heavily on all efforts for regional security.

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Rebalancing Is a Long-Term Endeavor

The commander of the Pacific Fleet sees changes taking place far into the future.

Ultimately, Many Cyber Operations May Be Local

The infinite domain may best be addressed on a geographical basis.

PACOM Directors Think Regionally Across Vast Area

The nature of the challenges facing the largest U.S. area of operation require acting locally as well as globally.

Pacific Command Joint Directors Share Similar Technology Wish Lists

Whether in operations, intelligence or information systems, the same technology concerns predominate.

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