Accession Number:

ADA339275

Title:

DoD Perspective on US-Asian/Pacific Armaments Cooperation.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC

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Report Date:

1995-12-11

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

This is the opening remarks by Paul G. Kaminski OUSDAT to the U.S. Pacific Command Security Assistance Conference. I appreciate having the opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts on where the Department is headed in armaments cooperation. This is a very important and very timely conference from an armaments cooperation perspective. It is important because national security now and in the future will rely more on cooperation between friends and allies. It is timely because of the renewed US commitment to a renaissance in cooperation on armaments programs of mutual interest. INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ENVIRONMENT We are meeting at a time of rapid change in the world--one in which US-Pacific and US-Asian security relationships remain vitally important to the welfare of people on both sides of the Pacific. Let me say a few words about our collective national security environment and about our objectives in seeking deeper and more productive defense equipment cooperation. In the post-Cold War world, the United States no longer faces a single galvanizing threat such as the former Soviet Union. Instead, there is increased likelihood of our forces being committed to limited regional military actions -- coalition operations-- in which allies are important partners. I would sum up our current national security environment in statistical terms by saying that the mean value of our single greatest threat is considerably reduced. But the irony of the situation is that the variance of the collective threat that we deal with, plan for, and must counter is up.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE