NEWS | Aug. 17, 2021

U.S. USINDOPACOM Hosts 2021 Chiefs of Defense Conference

By Headquarters, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Public Affairs Office MEDIA RELEASE

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii -- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is hosting the 2021 Chiefs of Defense (CHOD) Conference August 16-18. Senior military leaders from 18 countries
and the U.S. are scheduled to participate.

The two-day conference provides a venue for Pacific Chiefs of Defense and U.S. military leaders to address emerging challenges and security matters and increase regional and global collaboration.

“Nations across the Indo-Pacific share a fundamental interest in maintaining prosperity, security, and an international rules-based order,” said Adm. John C. Aquilino,
Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. “Having open dialogue and engagements like this stems from a common set of values and beliefs where we are all committed to that order and every nation gets an equal voice.”

This year’s conference will concentrate on common security concerns facing the region and explore the most promising opportunities for like-minded countries to promote good governance and inclusive security. Discussions will include promoting the role of cooperative mechanisms in a Free and Open Indo-Pacific; the role of women in  global security; securing nations’ autonomy; promoting transparency and the rule of law; and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms paramount to the future of security and prosperity of the region.

In light of the continuing pandemic, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is following Hawaii State COVID-19 mandates and implementing daily testing, mask usage, and social
distancing to protect participants.

MEDIA RELEASE ( August 17, 2021)
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