US Marine Corps Commander to speak at ANU

Thursday, June 7, 2018 — On Friday 7 June the Indo-Pacific’s senior US Marine Corps Commander, Lieutenant General David H Berger, will deliver a seminar at The Australian National University (ANU) National Security College.

His speech will explore how to translate strategic foreign policy and security aspirations into practical operations, activities and relationships.

He will also discuss the implications of the US National Defense Strategy on the Marine Corps’ regional posture, and explain its role in assuring allies and partners, deterring adversaries, and serving as the Indo-Pacific Command’s crisis response force of choice.

Lieutenant General David H Berger commands over 90,000 Marines across the region. Previously he served as Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force from 2014 to 2016, and as Commanding General of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center from 2013 to 2014.

The strategic significance of the Indo-Pacific has been a focus of heightened debate in recent times.

In the past year, Australia and the United States have both enshrined the importance of the region in their highest-level policy doctrines, including last year’s Australian Foreign Policy White Paper and US National Security Strategy and the 2018 US National Defense Strategy.

The military is one of the most visible elements of national strategy. In the case of the US, this has seen the US Pacific Command recently renamed Indo-Pacific Command.

Media are invited to attend.

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WHO: Lieutenant General David H. Berger, Commander of US Marine Corps Forces, Indo-Pacific Command

WHAT: Perspectives on the role of the US Military in a dynamic Indo-Pacific

WHERE: Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

WHEN: Friday 8 June 2018; 2pm-3pm

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979.