15th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference
8 November 2012
The 15th Annual Chiefs of Defence Conference was held in Sydney this week bringing together a number of Asia-Pacific Defence Chiefs.
The conference theme was “Two Oceans, One Region: Strengthening security in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean”.
Co-hosted by Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, and Commander US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, the Conference featured eminent speakers from around the world to examine common regional security issues.
“This was the first opportunity Australia has had to co-host this event, and the largest regional military conference at this level of engagement,” General Hurley said.
“Security within an expanding, integrated region is a key strategic interest to Australia. Strong links with our regional allies are essential as we work to maintain regional security and promote regional cooperation.
"Conferences such as this allow us to discuss issues of mutual interest and allow us to build understanding and confidence between nations.”
"The Chiefs of Defense conference is a unique opportunity to co-host with our Australian partners the senior military leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region to discuss shared security challenges, improve bilateral and multilateral relationships, and build upon our mutual defense objectives," said Admiral Locklear.
"The opportunity to strengthen relationships and improve on our ability to work together on security issues within the region is what makes this conference so important. This forum allows for frank discussions among senior Asia-Pacific military leaders to help shape our future as we work together to address shared regional challenges."
The next Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference will be held in Hawaii in 2013.
Imagery from the event is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12131685