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Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium 2019, IAF Chief Participates

Published Dec 05, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff is participating in the Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium 2019 (PACS 2019) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security’.

The conference will bring together Air Chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific region who will provide perspectives on common challenges faced and on shared mutual interests while focusing on relevant topics like ‘Regional Security’, ‘Domain Awareness’, ‘Multi-Domain Awareness’, Ínteroperability’ and ‘HADR’.  The symposium will also entail discourse and discussions on the combined effort required to maintain peace and security within the region.

Ally and Partner Air chiefs and leadership from across the Indo-Pacific gather for the 2019 Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium at Pacific Air Forces Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 3 to 6. The symposium is jointly hosted by Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, and Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., PACAF commander.

This year’s theme, “A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security,” focuses on ensuring a mutual understanding of common issues and challenges, and enhancing capabilities, capacity and interoperability.

This year marks the 11th iteration of this event. The first Pacific Air Chiefs Conference was hosted in 1989, with six countries attending – Australia, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Additional iterations took place every other year from 1992 to 1996, in 2006, then again every other year from 2009 to 2017. In 2014, the name was officially changed to “Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium,” or PACS.

The conference is intended to further strengthen the existing cooperation between the Air Forces of the participating countries and also to pave the way for enhanced interaction in the future. In addition to the host country USA, Air Chiefs from 20 countries are present at the Symposium.

Participation of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in PACS 2019 will provide impetus towards articulating and highlighting common regional challenges and would reaffirm India’s commitment to peace, prosperity, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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