Standing shoulder to shoulder to address nontraditional security threats

Standing shoulder to shoulder to address nontraditional security threats

FORUM Staff

Senior land forces leaders operating throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific converged in Seoul, South Korea, in mid-September 2017 to discuss responding to nontraditional security threats.

Three concurrent conferences took place sharing the same theme: “Unity of Effort: Building Civil-Military Partnerships in Land Force Response to Non-traditional Security Threats.” The conferences included the three-day 10th Pacific Armies Chief Conference (PACC X), which had attendees from 28 nations, the 41st Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XLI), with attendees from 26 nations, and the Third Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum (SELF III), with attendees from 18 nations, according to U.S. Army Pacific.

“It is very meaningful and timely that South Korea host this joint conference of PACC and PAMS today,” said Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations, who gave the keynote speech. “Though Korea has long been dubbed as the ‘land of the morning calm,’ things have been anything but calm at home.”

Ban called the gatherings an opportunity to build mutual trust and confidence among nations.

“Nontraditional security threats are our common enemy to defeat for the survival and prosperity of humanity, making the role of land forces very important since they have a lot of military personnel and assets,” said Gen. Kim Yongwoo, Republic of Korea Army chief of staff and co-chairman of PACC.

Gen. Mark A. Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff and PACC’s other co-chairman, said the timing and location for this year’s conferences “couldn’t be more uncanny.” He called it “critical” that nations stand shoulder to shoulder against arguably the No. 1 nontraditional threat facing the international community: North Korea, 43 kilometers north.

“They are clearly and unambiguously threatening their neighbors, flying missiles over Japan, provoking South Korea, clearly and unambiguously threatening the United States,” Milley said. “They don’t only threaten Japan, the United States and South Korea, they threaten the world, and it is absolutely critical that we all do everything humanly possible to avert an armed conflict to convince North Korea that their path of seeking nuclear weapons is the wrong path.”

(Pictured: Gen. Kim Yongwoo, Republic of Korea Army chief of staff, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, U.S. Army chief of staff, enter the combined opening ceremony for the 10th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference, 41st Pacific Armies Management Seminar and Third Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum in Seoul, South Korea, on September 18, 2017.)

Land forces leaders consider the multitiered conferences of PACC, PAMS and SELF to be the largest multinational military seminar promoting security, peace and cooperation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, according to U.S. Army Pacific.

Panel discussions during the three conferences centered on topics including:

  • Cooperation during crisis.
  • Integration of soft power in civil-military partnerships during crisis.
  • Management and coordination of civil-military operations during crisis.
  • Efforts of institutional development to enhance noncommissioned offers’ professionalism.
  • Roles and efforts of noncommissioned officers during crisis.

To view additional photographs, videos and other information about PACC, PAMS and SELF, visit the conferences’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PACCandPAMS.

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