US Naval War College Strengthens Global Maritime Partnerships

first_img View post tag: Naval More than 100 Naval War College Alumni and guests from 14 different countries discussed important Indo-Asia-Pacific issues at the NWC 10th Regional Alumni Symposium in Manila, Philippines, May 21-23. View post tag: Maritime View post tag: News by topic Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr., president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., and Philippine Navy Vice Adm. Jesus C. Milan, flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy, were joined by U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas and U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg at the event.The gathering served as an opportunity to support NWC’s mission to strengthen global maritime partnerships while solidifying the close partnership between the U.S. and Philippines as part of a long-term rebalancing strategy in the Asia-Pacific.“Symposia like this one are academic conferences premised on the belief that military education is not solely the product of a brick-and-mortar schoolhouse, but rather a lifelong attempt to acquire knowledge about the profession of arms. Symposia allow us to address strategic, operational, and technical issues of relevance to the region, and table-top war games that facilitate greater understanding of the challenges lying ahead,” said Carter.Today, navies across the globe face new and uncertain challenges, and by meeting to discuss those challenges, ideas can be exchanged about how to overcome them together.“It is my sincere hope that through meaningful exchanges, we can share knowledge to enhance mutual understanding, thereby building greater trust and confidence. It is my firm belief that we who wear this uniform and share responsibility for our nations’ safety and security on the maritime commons can meet as partners to discuss new ideas and concepts,” said Carter. “We have prepared a rigorous academic event. Our goal is to receive the latest information of topics by regional experts than explore them together through thoughtful discussion.”The focus of the academic portion of the event, “Strengthening Global Maritime Partnerships,” was explored through a series of panels that discussed freedom of navigation, information sharing and interoperability, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.“The Naval War College Regional Alumni Symposium has been a fantastic opportunity for naval leaders from around the Pacific and Indian Oceans to address our common equities and tackle some of the challenges we face every day,” said Thomas.“On average we visit 200 ports and hold 100 exercises each year with the 35 maritime nations of this region. It’s all about building partnerships and understanding. The War College symposium is a big part of our engagement and presence here in Seventh Fleet,” said Thomas.The long-standing alliance between the Philippines and the U.S. has contributed to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 60 years and efforts to strengthen the security partnership are continuing. As part of those continuing efforts, the U.S. is looking into how it can support the Philippines in its desire to build a more credible defense, and to improve its ability to respond to natural disasters.“Much of our future depends on the peace and stability of the maritime domain. The security of the seas that unite our nations will continue to stand at the core of our individual and collective national interests. Activities such as this symposium would help cull and mine the inner depths of our visions, thoughts and ideas for creative solutions and answers,” said Milan.Since 2005, NWC alumni have gathered around the world to foster trust, friendship, confidence, camaraderie and exchange of ideas that began in Newport.“Together, classmates have strengthened global maritime partnerships in Yokosuka, Japan; Naples, Italy; Valparaiso, Chile; Manama, Bahrain; Singapore; Cartagena, Columbia; Stuttgart, Germany; Toulon, France, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Philippine navy and Adm. Milan, we can add Manila to our list of host cities,” said Carter.[mappress]Press Release, May 27, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy Share this article View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Global View post tag: Naval War College Authorities View post tag: Partnerships May 27, 2014 US Naval War College Strengthens Global Maritime Partnerships Back to overview,Home naval-today US Naval War College Strengthens Global Maritime Partnerships View post tag: strengthenslast_img read more

Brazil-U.S. Interoperability Builds Trust

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 08, 2018 The complexity of security threats demand deeper collaboration between partner nations in the Western Hemisphere. As security cooperation becomes increasingly important, Brazil and the United States integrate their capabilities into more secure structures to protect communication. For the first time, Brazil and the United States held the Command and Control Interoperability Board (CCIB), in Salvador, Brazil, April 9–12, 2018. More than 40 members of Brazilian military and U.S. government representatives, led by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), met to discuss joint initiatives to validate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and operational requirements to meet cooperation goals and strategies. “This forum is the first step in increasing interoperability between both countries. I’m sure we’ll continue to strengthen interoperability initiatives between our armed forces,” said Brazilian Army Major General Jayme Octávio de Alexandre Queiroz, deputy chief of Command and Control of the Armed Forces Joint Staff. “We have a long relationship with the United States, more so now as we participate in different activities, operations, and training events—the increase of technology and equipment makes it necessary to have this interoperability.” CCIB is a bilateral, multi-agency, and multidisciplinary forum to address combined interoperability initiatives on a mutually agreeable basis. The Brazil-U.S. CCIB allows key military and civilian leaders of agencies including SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Command and Control Interoperability Program (C2IP), the Defense Information System Agency, and their Brazilian counterparts to talk about the implementation of critical information standards to support coalition interoperability, among other topics. The first CCIB in Brazil allows the nation to be part of 56 nations across the globe to participate in C2IP. “This forum is setting the groundwork for our future relationship with the Brazilians as far as command, control, and interoperability,” said Michael Droz, deputy director of Operations at SOUTHCOM. “It’s very important, because we can learn how to communicate and collaborate with each other and be interoperable.” The inaugural Brazil-U.S. CCIB strengthened relations between both nations’ militaries as well as allowed participants to discuss different ways to be interoperable to confront common challenges. “There are a lot of threats we are facing in this region. If we can communicate and be interoperable with our partners, we can be better prepared to fight those threats,” said Droz. “It doesn’t matter what the mission is—if it is a combat mission with NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization], or humanitarian assistance disaster relief. If we can be interoperable—talk to each other, and share information on a real time basis—it makes the mission more successful.” This idea is shared by the Brazilian military. “Interoperability helps counter security threats,” said Maj. Gen. Jayme. “In situations where the use of multinational forces is needed [to support] partner nations, interoperability is strictly necessary; without it, it’s impossible to conduct combined and joint operations.” New front of communications “CCIB brings an opportunity to strengthen the relationship with the United States to build interoperability between our systems and cultures. People focus on the security between the two nations and their populations,” said Brazilian Air Force Colonel André Luís Maia Baruffaldi, Command and Control advisor at the Ministry of Defense. “The future is promising for interoperability as we look for ways to continue to improve our capabilities.” “The purpose of the engagement was to discuss operational requirements for weapons platforms and data link systems in U.S and Brazil joint and combined operations,” said Marlon Atherton, C2IP and Cyber Operations Exercise Planner at SOUTHCOM. “CCIB gives us the ability to act together coherently, effectively, and efficiently to achieve tactical, operational, and strategic mission objectives.” History The U.S. and Brazilian governments signed a Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) in 2014 to promote their mutual security interests. CISMOA includes legal framework and mechanisms to promote interoperability among communications systems, commands, and tactical control of both nations’ armed forces. The Brazil-U.S. CCIB became a reality after three years of bilateral conversations and joint efforts between the joint planning directorate of the Brazilian Armed Forces and SOUTHCOM. The first pre-CCIB was held in Brasilia, Brazil, in July 2017. SOUTHCOM will host the second CCIB in 2019. “Interoperability with partner nations is very important for the Navy,” said Commander Felippe José Macieira Ramos, advisor of Command and Control at the Brazilian Navy. “CCIB allows us to better learn U.S. and NATO naval command and control systems, as well as to help find solutions for interoperability with partner nations.” For Maj. Gen. Jayme, the future of U.S.-Brazil interoperability is encouraging. “This is our first step in [achieving] perfect integration between the armed forces of Brazil and the United States,” he concluded.last_img read more

Suburban stunner sells for this year’s best price

first_imgR4 Stubley Street Wavell Heights has achieved the suburb’s best sale price for a sub-700 sq m homesite in the past 12-months. Picture: home at 4 Stubley St Wavell Height is one stunning construction and it’s weekend auction has achieved the suburb’s highest price for a residence on a sub-700 sq m block in the past 12 months. Alan & Jacquie Speirs outside their new home on Stubley Street in Wavell Heights. Pictures: Jack Tran Crowds gathered early for what would prove to be a very exciting result. Pictures: Jack TranMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoAn opening bid of $950,000 got the ball rolling but competition between three bidders saw the number rise to $1.125 million in minutes.After some short discussion, the property was declared on the market with a new offer of $1.25 million on the table … and that’s where is stayed until the hammer dropped and the winning bidder, Jacquie Spiers, celebrated with a fist-pump and a smile.“I’m a little bit competitive,” Mrs Spiers said.She and husband Alan had been searching for some time for just the right property and were over the moon with the result.“It’s been a while but it’s a window of opportunity for us and it’s all about timing. It came up at the right time and in the right area,” Mr Spiers said.“We’ve got an eye for detail and I think the lines particularly with this house struck us.“It’s got a lot of street appeal which is important, but I think it just ticked a lot of boxes as well. I race cars so a three-car garage is perfect,” he said.Mrs Spiers said celebrations would involve sitting out on the deck with a few friends and a bottle of champagne.She said their daughter knew they’d own the house well before the auction.“We’ve got a seven year old and we’ve been looking for several months I’d say, and this is the first house that she loves. She’s psychic,” Mrs Spiers added.center_img 4 Stubley Street Wavell Heights has achieved a benchmark price. Picture: property takes contemporary suburban living to the next level with polished concrete floors finishing a suspended slab to the upper level, an internal courtyard with pool, and a three-car garage.Eight registered bidders were in the starting blocks and the 60-strong crowd was full of locals keen to see how this architectural marvel faired.Auctioneer Haesley Cush employed his nimble wit, machine gun dialogue and trademark rolling “r”s to keep the crowd on its toes — his calling style would not be out of place at a cattle sale on the Darling Downs.last_img read more