Asia-Pacific

October 15, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Gen. Stalder (l) cuts a ribbon with Luvsanvandan Bold (c), Mongolian minister of defense, and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, president of Mongolia, at the official opening of a park at the Five Hills training area. The general visited Mongolia as well as other countries in the Asia-Pacific region in August.

October 2008
By Rita Boland

 
Workers install a microwave tower at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, as part of the Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems’ Digital Microwave Upgrade program.
Efforts will replace outdated technology and offer redundancy and survivability.

October 2008
By Rita Boland

 
U.S. military, U.S. civilian and German military Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) planners update relief operations during the Southeast Asia tsunami response effort.
Multinational partnership connects militaries and other agencies early to improve cooperation before disaster strikes.

October 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) manages a number of initiatives promoting multinational information sharing. Because interoperability is a key factor for coalition operations, exercises such as this year’s RIMPAC bring together forces from across the region to hone their command and control capabilities.
U. S. Pacific Command-managed efforts focus on multinational cooperation, shared standards.

October 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Army staff sergeant (r) helps train Indonesian soldiers in a Warrior Leader Course. Designed to build more effective noncommissioned officers, this training program is one of many undertaken by the U.S. Army, Pacific to strengthen ties between the Army and friendly forces throughout the large Asia-Pacific region.
A vast region taxes the full range of human expertise.

October 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
An antisubmarine SH-60F helicopter with the USS John C. Stennis takes part in exercise Valiant Shield 2007 in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Pacific Command is conducting joint and coalition exercises to improve operations and extend security efforts throughout the vast Asia-Pacific region.
Coalitions key to large-area security.

October 2007
By Rita Boland

October 2007
By James C. Bussert

 
A Chinese Type 051C destroyer is serviced in a shipyard. This destroyer has been equipped with an adapted land-based air defense system for fleet defense. Note the aircraft carrier in the background.
The Middle Kingdom’s new north star shifts the delicate sea balance of power.

May 2007
By James C. Bussert

 
China’s new 3,500-ton, 132-meter 054 Jingkai-class frigate, named Ma’Anshan, offers stealth characteristics and advanced combat systems. Note the large radome on the mast aft of the diesel propulsion intake vent structure.
Frigates with advanced systems complement guided missile destroyers.

November 2006
By Col. Harry H. Blanke III, USAF

 
A U.S. Forces Korea operator electronically draws out schemes of maneuver using SMART Technologies software.
Building tensions in the region accentuate the need for common operational picture.

November 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A soldier with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team walks past a carved marble wall during a patrol in Sadr City, Iraq. The U.S. Army–Pacific is contributing forces to Iraq concurrent with its own missions in the vast Asia-Pacific region.
Diverse challenges amid wartime support strain plans for protecting one-third of the Earth.

November 2006
By Rita Boland

November 2006
By James C. Bussert

November 2005
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Members of the U.S. Pacific Air Force (PACAF) Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) provide operational availability, enterprise management and information assurance to bases across the Asia-Pacific region. Recent work with Dell Incorporated improved help desk processes so that data about problems could be analyzed faster and serious network issues could be identified.

November 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Navy petty officer 2nd class communicates on his radio during an exercise in Guam. The island’s Army National Guard has established a new communications network built on the back of a buried Navy fiber optic Sonet ring.
Typhoons must be no obstacle to connectivity in a territory that is increasing in importance.

November 1999
By Clarence A. Robinson, Jr.

Beijing glimpses future, ranks information deterrence as the new operational concept.

China’s senior military thinkers are clamoring for that nation to develop or acquire information and electronic warfare technologies and systems. Ascribing almost mystical qualities to the coming revolution in military affairs, these leaders are pressing for the development of advanced technologies such as missiles armed with radio frequency microwave warheads to destroy or disrupt an enemy’s battlefield sensor and communication grids.

November 1999
By James C. Bussert

China expands fleet capabilities as it extends national interests to areas further from its borders.

The People’s Republic of China is commissioning increasingly versatile destroyers adaptable for multirole missions in more distant waters. These vessels are capable of antisubmarine operations or regional air defense commonly attributed to blue-water fleets, and they feature advanced indigenous and imported weapons technologies.

November 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Nurturing a regional security environment requires multifaceted coalition operations and connectivity.

The U.S. Pacific Command is weaving a web of security cooperation across thousands of miles encompassing diverse nations and territories, some of which are longtime adversaries. These efforts include engaging former foes to contain weapon and missile proliferation, spearheading coalition peacekeeping operations, encouraging multinational economic growth, and implementing new information systems technologies to increase interoperability among mixed forces.

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