10 September 2018
Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short is attending his first conference of Chiefs of Defence from across the Asia-Pacific region over the next few days in Hawaii.
The Asia-Pacific region is host to a range of complex air, maritime, and cyber security challenges. The conference, hosted by the United States Indo-Pacific Command, provides a forum for chiefs of defence to work together to find solutions to current and emerging threats.
The conference is an annual event, which is held biennially in Hawaii and in a partner country in the region every other year.
“The meeting provides an opportunity to develop relationships with counterparts from other countries in the region,” Air Marshal Short said. “Our relationships with other militaries is of fundamental importance to the New Zealand Defence Force.
“We also have a good relationship with Indo Pacific Command, and attendance at this conference continues that close relationship.”
In addition to the conference seminars and workshops, Air Marshal Short’s programme over the next two days will include bilateral meetings with his counterparts, and co-hosting a breakfast with his Australian counterpart for Pacific Island nation chiefs of defence.