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Pacom Commander Briefs Senate Committee on Indo-Pacific Security
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March 15, 2018 | 01:43:49
Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, testifies on Indo-Pacific security issues and Pacom's fiscal year 2019 budget request at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, March 15, 2018.

Statement on CSIS Independent Review of U.S. Defense Strategy in The Indo-Pacific Region

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Defense Department transmitted to Congress the independent review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Indo-Pacific region conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report was commissioned as a requirement of Section 1059 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015. The CSIS review does not represent the official position of the DoD, but it is consistent with the DoD's broad approach to supporting the U.S. rebalance to the Indo-Pacific region. It supports U.S. efforts to strengthen, enhance and broaden our alliances and encourages building cooperative defense relationships with regional partners. Its recommendations also parallel department efforts to update operational concepts and military capabilities to ensure that the future force remains capable of deterring and prevailing in potential conflicts.

Recent Trip

October/November 2015

Map of Carter travel locations: Alaska, South Korea, Malaysia, Hawaii.

Trip Highlights

  • Third visit to the Asia-Pacific in eight months.
  • Met with leaders from more than a dozen nations across East Asia and South Asia.
  • Helped advance the next phase of the U.S. military's rebalance in the region by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships.
  • Attended the 47th annual U.S-Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul.
  • Attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Plus meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Delivered keynote address at the 3rd annual Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Photo Essays

U.S., South Korean, Thai Divers Conduct Pier Assessment

Navy divers from the U.S., Thailand and South Korea conduct a pier assessment at Thung Prong Pier during exercise Cobra Gold in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 15, 2018. Photos by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alfred A. Coffield

Marines Tackle Basic Jungle Skills Course

Marines tackle obstacles during the Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2018. Photos by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jamin M. Powell

U.S. Pacific Command protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, we will enhance stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fight to win.
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A graphic shows one map of the 10 ASEAN member states with their national flags, and one of the ASEAN-Plus-Eight countries with their flags.