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All IMSE panel discussions will be subject to the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the panelists, speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

The agenda will include the following:

• ADM Paul Zukunft, USCG (Ret), former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will deliver the opening address.

• The Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, ADM Chris Aquilino, USN will deliver a keynote address and moderate a panel of heads of navies from the region.

• The Commander U.S. 3rd Fleet , VADM Scott D. Conn, USN has been invited to provide a detailed post-exercise debrief of RIMPAC 2020, as was done previously.

• The “Salute to RIMPAC” luncheon will feature Rear Admiral Jonathan Dallas Mead, Royal Australian Navy and Commander Australian Fleet. Rear Admiral Mead will serve as RIMPAC Combined Task Force Deputy Commander.

• RADM Francis D. Morley, USN, Director, Navy International Programs Office, and Brigadier Rory Copinger-Symes, UK Royal Marines, the U.S. Indo-Pacom Command’s Director for Security Cooperation will provide a complete overview of U.S. security assistance and security cooperation programs in the Indo-Pacific region, to include case studies and examples.

• USCG senior leaders in the Indo-Pacific, to include the the Pacific Area Commander and 14th Coast Guard District Commander will discuss their expanding activities in the Indo-Pacific region - protection of natural resources within the EEZs and regional engagement opportunities, including new operational concepts and desired capabilities for more effective maritime law enforcement.

• Industry Panel - The Cyber Threat to Maritime Security. Every maritime nation is dependent on the free flow of information in its networks for its economic well being. Any unplanned disruption is damaging to a nation’s economy. For example, industry has moved to cost-effective and efficient automated ports with their technologically advanced and networked systems. This has brought with it increased risk of cyber attacks. This panel is an opportunity for representatives from industry to discuss best practices and solutions. Contact us for details.

• Industry Panel - Maritime Sovereignty in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). Many nations in the Indo-Pacific region have limited resources to monitor their EEZs and assert their sovereign rights to the resources within. This panel will address the issue and examine innovative approaches to surveillance and enforcement. This is an opportunity for industry experts to discuss solutions for maritime surveillance, collaborative solutions, and shared maritime domain awareness. Contact us for details.

• RADM Robert P. Girrier, USN (Ret), the President of Pacific Forum will lead a panel of senior diplomats from countries in the region discussing collaborative strategies to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Pacific Forum is one ofthe world’s leading Asia-Pacific policy research institutes and one of the first organizations in the United States to focus exclusively on this region.

• The Director of the Honolulu-based Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), RADM Pete Gumataotao, USN (Ret), will lead an International Scholars Panel. DKI APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops. The center boasts nearly 13,000 graduates from 91 countries around the globe with active alumni organizations in 59 of these countries.

Registered attendees will have ample opportunities for informal interaction and networking by attending social events to include coffee breaks, meals and receptions.