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F-35 multilateral conference sets stage for operational integration in Indo-Pacific

Adrean Clark, Lockheed Martin Operations analyst, demonstrates how to read the displays in the F-35 simulator to U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

Adrean Clark, Lockheed Martin Operations analyst, demonstrates how to read the displays in the F-35 simulator to U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to increase 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Maj. Gen. Koji Imaki, Director of Defense Pans & Operations, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019.

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Maj. Gen. Koji Imaki, Director of Defense Pans & Operations, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019. As the presence of the F-35 increases in the Indo-Pacific, future multilateral exercises will enhance fifth-generation aircraft interoperability and integration, as well as agile command and control across the full spectrum of combined warfighter operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to increase 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore Darren Goldie, Director General Air Combat Capability, flies in an F-35 simulator during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore Darren Goldie, Director General Air Combat Capability, flies in an F-35 simulator during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to increase 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to increase 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference listen to opening remarks given by the Pacific Air Forces commander at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

Members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference listen to opening remarks given by the Pacific Air Forces commander at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to increase 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Junsun Lee, 17th Fighter Wing Air Operations Group commander, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019.

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Junsun Lee, 17th Fighter Wing Air Operations Group commander, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019. The Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference is a Pacific Air Forces-hosted event that brings together the four Pacific members of the F-35 program: Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, and United States. While attending the event, senior officers, warfighters and F-35 experts discussed a range of topics related to integrating the fifth-generation fighter into multilateral air operations in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Royal Australian Air Force GPCAPT. John Haly, Director, Air Combat Transition Office, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019.

Royal Australian Air Force GPCAPT. John Haly, Director, Air Combat Transition Office, gives a country update briefing during the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2019. This year’s theme is “operational integration in the Indo-Pacific” with topics covering security, interoperability, training, simulators, and logistics information systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Junsun Lee, 17th Fighter Wing Air Operations Group commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019.

Republic of Korea Air Force Col. Junsun Lee, 17th Fighter Wing Air Operations Group commander, speaks to members of the Pacific F-35 Users Group Conference at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 12, 2019. More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics, and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

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F-35 subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea met to improve 5th and 4th generation aircraft theater interoperability during the second Pacific F-35 User Group Conference, here, March 12 -14, 2019.

More than 80 personnel from the four nations discussed bed down and strategic concepts, operations, logistics and sustainment topics, all building on the success of the March 2017 F-35 Symposium.

“This conference provides a great opportunity to work with our allies to strengthen our interoperability with 5th and 4th generation aircraft as these airframes start to become more prominent in the region,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander. “Improving interoperability between our forces and helping allies increase their capabilities works to deter aggression, maintain stability and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

This year’s theme “operational integration in the Indo-Pacific” focused on security, interoperability, training, simulators and logistics information systems.

As the presence of the F-35 increases in the Indo-Pacific, future multilateral exercises will enhance 5th generation aircraft interoperability and integration, as well as agile command and control across the full spectrum of combined warfighter operations.

“It’s how we take advantage of all the capabilities we have in the region,” said Brown. “The F-35 will bring a full spectrum of capabilities to us and will be a critical part of joint and coalition efforts.”

The U.S. Marine Corps currently has F-35Bs based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and Eielson Air Force Base is projected to house future F-35A squadrons starting in 2020. The U.S. Air Force last deployed F-35As to the region in 2017, with the 34th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, going to Kadena Air Base, Japan, for a six-month deployment.

The F-35’s advanced technologies and sensors, in conjunction with other multi-domain systems to collect, fuse, and distribute information will lead to unprecedented battlespace awareness, survivability, and lethality in future highly contested environments. 

“Right now we have all the right people in the right place at the right time,” Brown said. “With that we can address change, identify areas that require additional work, and initiate measurable progress to close gaps. As we posture for the future, remember that we’re stronger and more effective when we work together.”