Are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on:
Allies and Partners: U.S.-Indonesia Naval Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific
Admiral John M. Richardson
Chief of Naval Operations
United States Navy
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
(Registration start at 15:15)
Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53
Jakarta Selatan, 12190
Earlier this year, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis highlighted that the United States is making the Indo-Pacific its “Priority Theater”, stressing that the waters must remain free and open. Functioning as sea lanes for the world’s economy, these waters affect the prosperity of many nations and the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region. Owing to its relative distance from the region, the US also cooperates with its allies and partners in balancing China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. The peace and stability of Indo-Pacific waters is among the most important responsibilities in the world.
This pivot in U.S. Defense strategy is welcomed by many of its allies and partners in the region, including Indonesia. Indonesia possesses a key strategic position in the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific Region, as well as sharing the same interests as its US counterparts in keeping the region free and open. The Navies of the United States and Indonesia are partners in this region, sharing a relationship that goes back more than 23 years. The cooperation between the two navies has consisted of Joint Exercises in national and international waters, information sharing, cooperation in disaster relief efforts, and the mitigation of illicit maritime activity.
As key players in the region, what roles do the US Navy and TNI-AL play in keeping these waters free and open? Given the rise of China, and the persistence of piracy, what are the challenges facing the US and Indonesia Navy operating in the Indo-Pacific Region? What is the outlook for cooperation between the US and Indonesian Navy? What role does the Indonesian Navy play in relation to the US policy of rebalancing to the Pacific?
This promises to be an insightful discussion with the top officer in the US Navy. Given the increasing attention to maritime issues in the region, we believe private sector, government and military officials, academics and civil society members will find this opportunity especially rewarding.
Admiral John M. Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and National Security Strategy from the National War College.
At sea, Richardson served on the USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Richardson also served as Commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; commander, Naval Submarine Forces, and director of Naval Reactors.
His staff assignments include duty in the attack submarine division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; naval aide to the President; prospective commanding officer instructor for Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Staff; and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command.
Richardson served on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon. He was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.
Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations September 18, 2015.