TechNet Asia-Pacific is the Region’s Premier Event for Defense and Government Technology with over 3,000 Defense Professionals – Hundreds of New Solutions – 150 Exhibitors

 Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific, describes the challenges facing coalition assured interoperability - See more at: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=node/13872#sthash.wkdB2s9e.dpuf

Day 1: Power in the Pacific Brings New Challenges, Responsibilities:

 Quote of the Day:

“For mobility, we have to start thinking intercollaborability.”

 –Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer.

     As the only trusted major power in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States literally finds itself at the heart of all coalition networking activities. Amid the pivot to the Pacific, the nation also is striving to modernize the force while it confronts budgetary uncertainties domestically and abroad.

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 Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific, describes the challenges facing coalition assured interoperability - See more at: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=node/13872#sthash.wkdB2s9e.dpuf

Day 2: Technology Defines Asia-Pacific Challenges, Offers Solutions

Quote of the Day:

“It is as if I’m building an F-22 squadron with a bunch of new lieutenants who’ve just shown up and have been checked out in the F-22. You don’t have combat capability just because you have people who have passed their initial training.”

–Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command

     The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM faces as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations. 

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 Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific, describes the challenges facing coalition assured interoperability - See more at: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=node/13872#sthash.wkdB2s9e.dpuf

Day 3: Innovation, Application Concerns Weigh Heavily on Planners

Quote of the Day:

“I believe America should always bring a gun to a knife fight … not a butter knife.”

–Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

    The United States holds a technology gap over allies and potential partner nations that threatens to nullify other countries’ participation in coalition operations. At the same time, other countries and terrorist groups are narrowing the gap with advances of their own. And, the lead itself may be in peril as potential rivals put innovation to their own uses.

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The 29th Annual TechNet Asia-Pacific (TNAP) Conference and Exposition, the largest of its kind in the region, was held December 9 through 11, 2014, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Themed this year as “Assured Interoperability,” keynote speakers, panel moderators and panelists discussed defense policies and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and their relevance to both Industry and Government. 150 industry exhibitors demonstrated products and solutions to meet the Services’ requirements and needs. Student exhibitors from around the state displayed their robotics and cyber projects.

Special events included an AFCEA Leadership Forum where senior military officers, civilian government officials, industry leaders lead interactive seminars on leadership to 15 rising professionals in the information technology, command and control, global security, and intelligence fields; five one-hour interoperability Continuing Education courses; and an AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation Golf Tournament fundraiser. Registration for the panels, courses and exhibits was free.