World militaries will practice five weeks of training, teamwork and blowing stuff up during peak tourist season.
The Pacific Command should propose a "climate change RIMPAC" that will bring together working-level officers from Pacific Rim nations for exercises that will build a new level of trust in the region and make military exercises an opportunity for unity, rather than creating new tensions.
This year's RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) maritime military exercises have ended, and any attention we've given the biennial war games will quickly turn elsewhere. But before we let RIMPAC drop from view, it's worth pausing to consider what we've just witnessed (or not witnessed, since most of the RIMPAC takes place out of sight).
While the training may be serious business, it doesn't hurt that these folks get to practice in a place as beautiful as Hawaii
Thursday marks the start of RIMPAC 2014, the largest naval exercise in the world. For the first time, China is among the participants in this U.S.-organized exercise.
In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.
By Phil Stewart Commander Charles Brown, a spokesman for the Navy's Third Fleet, said the initial planning conference for