USARPAC | America's Theater Army For The Indo-Pacific

U.S. Army Green Berets parachute onto a drop zone in Guam alongside members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

U.S. Army Green Berets parachute onto a drop zone in Guam alongside members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of Exercise Forager 21 on July 30, 2021

Photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Bryant/U.S. Army

Event Details

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Pacific

This event will be conducted virtually, and is open to the public.

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About the Program

U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) is America's Theater Army for our Nation's priority theater. Though blanketed by water and spanning half the globe, this region includes the wealthiest, most populated, and most distributed terrain on earth. Here, the land domain contains Asia—the largest continent in the world—as well as the sovereign soil of our own Pacific homeland, our key regional security partners, and our most dangerous global threats.

As a Theater Army, USARPAC provides and sustains campaign-quality integrated joint landpower to meet the Joint Force's immense and complex demands. USARPAC meets these demands throughout the "infinite game" of Military Competition and in transition to Crisis — whether a natural disaster or state armed aggression. Concurrently, the Theater Army prepares for the possibility of Conflict — from low-intensity counter-terrorism operations to great power war. And it meets all of these demands while instituting transformational Change to outmatch those who threaten our peaceful coexistence.

At this event, General Charles Flynn, Commanding General of USARPAC, will describe America's Theater Army for the Indo-Pacific — where it's been in the past, what it's doing now, and how it plans to operate in the future.

A panel discussion with researchers from RAND Arroyo Center will follow General Flynn's remarks. RAND Arroyo Center is the United States Army's sole federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for studies and analysis.


General Charles A. Flynn

General Charles A. Flynn

Commander, United States Army Pacific

General Charles A. Flynn is a native of Middletown, Rhode Island and Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Business Management. General Flynn is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, GA. He holds two master’s degrees, one in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI and one in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University. In June 2019, General Flynn assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Headquarters, Department of the Army.

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Jennifer Kavanagh

Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Jennifer Kavanagh is director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Jennifer's research focuses on defense and military strategy, including forward posture, deterrence, military interventions, and basing access. She also leads RAND’s Countering Truth Decay initiative, a portfolio of projects exploring the diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in U.S. political and civil discourse.

Michael Mazarr

Michael J. Mazarr

Senior Political Scientist, The RAND Corporation

Michael J. Mazarr is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously he worked at the U.S. National War College, where he was professor and associate dean of academics; as president of the Henry L. Stimson Center; senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; senior defense aide on Capitol Hill; and as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy and force structure, disinformation and information manipulation, East Asian security, nuclear weapons and deterrence, and judgment and decisionmaking under uncertainty.

Jennifer D.P. Moroney

Jennifer D.P. Moroney

Senior Political Scientist, The RAND Corporation

Jennifer Moroney is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and manages many of RAND's security cooperation–related projects for Department of Defense clients. Moroney served on the Defense Science Board summer 2020 study program. From 2014 to 2019, she served as the inaugural director of RAND Australia in Canberra. She was the primary point of contact with clients and local Australian partners, and was RAND's senior representative in Australia.


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