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Security Cooperation with the Pacific

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The IARP division of the Air Force International Affairs Secretariat SAFIA represents the Air Forces security assistance oversight for U.S. Pacific Commands PACOM area of responsibility AOR. This AOR covers over 50 of the earths surface, 60 of its population, and 34 of the global economy. It comprises a wide diversity of cultures, political systems, and military challenges. The worlds largest democracy India, three of the worlds remaining communist regimes China, Vietnam, and North Korea, and the nation with the worlds largest Muslim population Indonesia, all fall within the purview of the Pacific division. To meet the challenges this region presents, SAFIARP works within areas of overlap in which U.S. national interests are coincident with those of the host nation. SAFIARP seeks to expand this overlap by promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between the USAF and host nation air forces. IARP, in coordination with other SAFIA divisions, determines the scope and nature of training programs, foreign military sales FMS programs, cooperative armaments development, personnel exchange programs, and high-level visits between USAF senior officials and host nation leadership. IARPs role has transformed in recent years, from managing and administering FMS programs, to cultivating and maintaining politico-military affairs expertise for the countries with which it interacts. The goal is to deepen cooperation, interoperability, and understanding over a broad range of security issues. Increasingly, IARPs activities are geared toward addressing mutually beneficial programs that will lead to greater regional stability, including U.S. and coalition capability to respond to contingencies and crises in the region. Two examples serve to highlight IARPs efforts in the Pacific region Indias pursuit of a new multi-role combat aircraft MRCA, and an overarching effort to develop an integrated C4ISR network in the Pacific.

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  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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