JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Representatives from throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region – to include nine chiefs of armies – gathered in Hawaii to kick off the fifth annual Land Forces of the Pacific Symposium and Exposition May 23.
The three-day symposium provides an opportunity for land force commanders from the U.S., along with joint and regional partners, to include Japan, Nepal, the Republic of Korea and Vanuatu, to discuss critical topics and highlights the role of land forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and their contributions to the Joint Force in peace and war.
There are 13 LANPAC 2017 panels and forums that will discuss the readiness of land forces throughout the region, integration of those land forces into multiple domains, and the impact of people empowered by leadership and technology.
Gen. Robert Brown, commander, U.S. Army Pacific, chaired the first panel, “Perspectives in Land Force Roles and Opportunities,” highlighting the challenges and opportunities faced in the Pacific region that extends over nearly half the world’s surface and is home to half the world’s population.
“I’m very encouraged by the fact that 27 nations are here – and nine chiefs of armies – because we have to solve these complex challenges together,” said Brown. “These things no longer impact small numbers. They impact everybody. The [internet] connectivity causes it to impact the entire world, no question about it.”
Also participating on that first panel was Gen. David Perkins, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, who explained some differences between Multi-Domain Battle and the paradigm “detect, decide, deliver and assess,” which is a more linear approach. Perkins said the challenge is no longer to prevent the enemy’s capability to detect – which is becoming less difficult, but rather to overload the enemy’s ability to discriminate among multiple options.
“We have to dramatically change how we are dealing with that problem set, and when you can do that through multiple domains, you now start to overload the enemy’s capability not to detect, but to discriminate what is really important,” Perkins said, adding that if the enemy can’t discriminate, it prevents a decision.
Major Gen. Eric Wesley, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, gave a presentation on the “Movement and Maneuver Functional Concept,” where before diving into what Multi-Domain Battle looks like at the brigade level, he explained what building and evolving an Army looks like. He also explained the functional concept for maneuver as “this is how I want to fight, and how I want to fight in the future.” He added that now that there is a Multi-Domain Battle Concept, they are working on the Maneuver Force Modernization Strategy to support it.
The senior enlisted leader forum was also held on the first day. Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC’s senior enlisted adviser, provided the keynote remarks for the audience which included enlisted members from the U.S. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Philippines. The focus was key issues across the enlisted force in the Pacific region.
Perkins also provided the keynote address during the afternoon session May 24.
Live streaming of the panel discussions can be found on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/lanpac, and once the videos are made available, they can also be found on TRADOC’s Multi-Domain Battle website.