Welcome to Indo-Pacific Defense FORUM’s edition on information sharing.
The ability of Indo-Pacific military and security organizations to share accurate information effectively with multiple international partners is essential to their security and resilience, regardless of whether conducting traditional warfighting, counterterrorism, multinational and stability operations, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, or homeland defense.
Regional leaders at all levels must convey the importance of developing and maintaining trust between allies and partners and facilitate a cultural shift that emphasizes the importance of routinely practicing intelligence and information sharing — within nations and internationally — to counter potential adversaries’ nefarious activities in the region.
This issue of FORUM explores various applications of information sharing. One article highlights how Indo-Pacific early warning systems successfully provide urgent information about extreme weather events, saving lives and reducing economic harm. Another article analyzes the new security agreement between India and the United States that operationalizes information sharing across the region. Additionally, Maj. Gen. Jake Ellwood, commander of the Australian Army’s 1st Division, provides his perspective on optimizing cooperation and information sharing in the Indo-Pacific.
Also in this issue, Dr. Mohan Malik, a professor at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates, evaluates the importance of sharing observations, insights, and practices among allies and partners to counter coercive elements of the People’s Republic of China’s One Belt, One Road scheme. Meanwhile, retired Philippine Lt. Gen. Danilo Pamonag shares lessons learned during the 2017 Marawi military operation to repel Islamic State-inspired militants.
I hope this edition energizes the regional conversation on countering coercion. I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at email@example.com with your perspectives.
I hope this edition energizes the regional conversation and advances security solutions. I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at with your perspectives.
All the best,
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command