November, 6, 2014 – Brunei   Department of National Defence

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, today concluded a trip to Brunei, where he participated in the 16th Annual United States Pacific Command (PACOM) Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) conference.

The PACOM CHODs conference provides a forum for senior military leaders to build and strengthen military-to-military relationships, discuss issues of common interest and promote multilateral cooperation between the militaries of participating nations.

Quick Facts

  • The 16th Annual Chiefs of Defence Conference was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, and was attended by the senior military leaders of most Pacific Rim nations. Topics of discussion included strengthening multilateralism, global governance, as well as new and emerging security challenges.
  • The Pacific Command Chiefs of Defence Conference is the key meeting in the Asia-Pacific region for senior military leadership. Established in 1998 by United States Pacific Command, this forum brings together senior military leaders from nations in the Asia-Pacific region to meet and discuss mutual security challenges, improve mutual relationships and to foster security cooperation.
  • In addition to supporting Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces goals, the Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference represents a great opportunity for the CAF to support the whole of government approach to defence and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The United States Pacific Command is a Unified Combatant Command of the United States armed forces responsible for the Pacific Ocean area. It is comprised of U.S. Army Pacific, Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and the Pacific Air Forces, which are all headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.


“The 2014 Pacific Command’s Conference provided a great opportunity for me to meet with my counterparts, to discuss issues of common concern, and to continue to build on our defence relations. As a pacific nation, it is a priority for Canada to build on our capacity to work together with partner countries from across the region, to contribute to the security of the Asia-Pacific, and to be prepared to respond to humanitarian crises when they arise.”

General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff

Related Products

Backgrounder – Canada’s Defence Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region

Associated Links

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)

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