HONOLULU — Fellows attending the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies were treated with a surprise visit by the U.S. Army’s senior officer. General Peter J. Schoomaker visited the Center during a stop over in Hawaii . While at APCSS, he spoke with Fellows attending the Executive Course about the Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference and Pacific Armies Management Conference recently held in Bangkok Thailand .
The conferences, hosted by U.S. Army, Pacific focused on Transformation. Several nations shared their experiences and plans for transforming their forces. According to General Schoomaker, it was an excellent opportunity for the Army leaders to discuss interoperability and implementation of Transformation at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
General Schoomaker also made himself available for a question and answer session. The general spent nearly an hour answering questions on a variety of issues including: transformation; military and civilian coordination; humanitarian operations; and, disaster relief.
Approximately 104 military and civilian representatives from 40 countries are attending the 12-week APCSS Executive Course. APCSS enhances cooperation and builds relationships through the study of security issues among military and civilian representatives of the United States and 45 Asia-Pacific nations. The Center serves the U.S. Pacific Command’s objective of developing professional and personal ties with the militaries and national security establishments in the region. APCSS focuses on a multilateral approach to regional security issues and concerns, and building relations among future leaders and decision-makers within the region.