Due to a schedule conflict for Admiral Harris.
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN
Commander, United States Pacific Command
September 14, 2015
To Discuss Hot Topics in the News Including
Challenges from China and North Korea, the US-Japan partnership, and the American “Pivot” to Asia
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Join us for a conversation with Admiral Harry Harris who commands the United States Forces in the Pacific “Area of Responsibility” — including about 360,000 military and civilian personnel. He reports to the President of the United States through the Secretary of Defense. USPACOM is the joint headquarters that responds to myriad challenges including the expanding Chinese military and trouble on the Korean Peninsula.
USPACOM 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, USPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness.
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The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR) encompasses about half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the U.S. to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole. There are few regions as culturally, socially, economically, and geo-politically diverse as the Asia-Pacific. The 36 nations that comprising the Asia-Pacific region are home to more than 50% of the world’s population, 3,000 different languages, several of the world’s largest militaries, and five nations allied with the U.S. through mutual defense treaties. Two of the three largest economies are located in the Asia-Pacific along with 10 of the 14th smallest. The AOR includes the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy, and the largest Muslim-majority nation. More than one third of Asia-Pacific nations are smaller, island nations that include the smallest republic in the world and the smallest nation in Asia.
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