US Indo-Pacific Command Priorities


About the Webinar

The United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) is a geographic combatant command working with allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. forces have strengthened alliances and partnerships by deepening interoperability, expanding deterrent networks, and executing maritime security and awareness operations. The U.S. conducted a record number of freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea over the past year, more than any other year since 2015, to deter China’s malign behaviour. The U.S. remains committed to protecting the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea, and the ability of all countries to exercise those rights. Together, the U.S. and its allies promote peace and prosperity by supporting international norms.

About the Speaker

Dr John Wood is the Director (J9), Indo-Pacific Outreach, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Hawaii. Dr Wood leads the Command’s Strategic Public-Private Partnership Outreach; Senior Leadership Engagement and outreach to non-traditional security entities such as academia, think tanks, NGOs and private sector; staff academic development and speaker series; All-Hazards and civil affairs activities; interagency liaison officers; historical office; and Legislative Affairs outreach to U.S. Congress and Hawaii state government.

Prior to his 2014 appointment to the Senior Executive Service, Dr Wood was an active duty Naval Officer and F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot, and brings 31 years of leadership and management to the Senior Executive Service. Operationally, Dr Wood graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and commanded a squadron and air wing.

Selected as the US Navy’s Moreau Scholar in 1998, Dr Wood holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he graduated top in his class and received the Robert Stewart Prize for leadership and academic excellence. He holds Masters of Arts degrees from the University of San Diego and United States Naval War College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.

In 1996 Dr Wood was selected as 1/18 White House Fellows out of over one thousand national applicants, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.


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Oct 27 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am