Friday, August 24, 2012

Theater Security Cooperation for the South China Sea

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Information Operations Institute (IOI), present Pacific Theater Air, Sea, Land Battle Concepts: IO/EW/Cyber Operations International Conference. This inaugural international event focusing on strategic international partnerships, takes place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 16-18th, and addresses the leading edge of future operations in the Pacific Theater. Sessions focus on potential threats and opportunities across the South China Sea and surrounding waterways of global significance. Presenting, are experts from the US, Australia, Japan, Korea, and other nations to discuss implications of new concepts of operations (Air, Sea, Land Battle Concept) and the ongoing need for strategic partnerships with a concentration on programming and budget areas.

The continued stability of the Pacific region and partnership outreach efforts in Theater Security Cooperation will be thoughtfully analyzed by presenters from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with US Pacific partners, Public Diplomacy, Strategic Communications, and Information Operations. On Day one of the conference, speaking on behalf of OSD, is Mr. Austin Branch, Senior Advisor for Strategy & Plans for Information Operations & Strategic Studies. The keynote by, Lt Gen Daniel Leaf, USAF (Ret), identifies challenges in the Pacific Region Information Environment and the role of "soft power" and strategic partners in achieving sustaining effects. To maintain stability in this region, the four elements of national power must be discussed: Diplomatic, Information, Military and Economic; within the context of dramatic changes in the Information Environment. Using this principle, Ambassador (Ret) Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Dean of Academics at the College of Security Studies, identifies the existing mechanisms for these instruments to be better integrated in order to encourage US relationships with foreign entities to leverage diplomatic and military efforts in a coordinated and unified way. Following that, Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez from the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, adds a perspective on continued integration and coordination between regional partners and the US when violent extremism and terrorism are involved. Ambassador Brian Carlson of the US Department of State then facilitates a panel discussion by identifying where Information Operations stands within each sovereign nation.

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