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    ADF Major General Richard Burr Named Duputy G-3 U.S. Army Pacific

    In an interesting note, Australian Defence Forces Major General Richard Burr has been assigned to Ft. Schafer, Hawaii as the Duputy G-3 (Operations) for Training U.S. Army Pacific. Aside from NORAD operational assignments involving Canadian officers and, perhaps, NATO this is the first time in my lifetime I recall a foreign officer placed squarely within the U.S. Army peacetime chain-of-command. His past assignments include direct command of U.S. SpecOps troops while assigned to ISAF in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Burr's two year assignment covers the deployment of U.S. forces for multi-national training missions across the Pacific rim and includes additional responsibilities as liaison to ADF and New Zealand Forces-

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    I applaud this assignment. I'm certain Maj. Gen. Burr is more than amply personally qualified. More importantly, his presence clearly suggests American recognition of the role to be played by key regional allies in shaping our regional forward posturing of U.S. forces.
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    on a somewhat related note.


    Chinese invited to naval exercise

    by: BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    From: The Australian
    February 04, 2013 12:00AM

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    CHINA has been invited to send warships to a massive naval exercise off Hawaii with the US, Australia and 20 other nations next year to help improve military-to-military contact in the region and reduce the chances of accidental conflict.

    The People's Liberation Army Navy has also been asked to take part in a naval review in Sydney Harbour later this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Royal Australian Navy's first ships in Sydney harbour on October 4, 1913.

    Beijing has not formally responded yet but if the Chinese warships do come it is likely they will exercise with Australian vessels in local waters.

    The Commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel J Locklear, said in a telephone media conference from Japan that Australia was a critical pillar in the rebalancing of US military strategy to what he called the "Indo-Asia-Pacific".

    Admiral Locklear said the US was pursuing a lasting relationship with China including a military-to-military relationship.
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    "Our two countries have a strong stake in regional peace and stability and an interest in building a co-operative bilateral relationship," he said.

    "We're hoping to look past those areas on which we differ and to focus our relationship on our converging interests such as counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, protecting sea lanes of communication, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief responses."

    Admiral Locklear said that as China grew as a world economic power and a regional security partner, it had to be brought into the security environment in a way that left it confident its interests were protected.

    "We should make sure that we have a robust dialogue economically, politically and militarily," the admiral said.

    "We're working hard at the military-to-military piece of it because it's important that . . . we don't have miscalculations. That we understand each other.

    "We have good dialogues, we have good cross visits with each other. We have invited the Chinese Navy to come to Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in 2014. It's the world's largest exercise. We have 22 nations.

    "These types of things are great opportunities for us to get to know each other and to build trust and co-operation and to understand how we operate together."

    Admiral Locklear said that learning to co-operate for disaster relief was the key to future security in the region.

    He said military forces were well placed to respond quickly to humanitarian crises and to help restore order after natural disasters.

    "We want to ensure we have the right level of co-operation, that we've talked through the processes of who we can bring assistance quickly."

    Admiral Locklear said that in humanitarian crises, military forces could move in quickly to restore hope and order so that other government agencies could respond.
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