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Apr 08 2011

U.S. Navy "Top Gun" addresses Asia-Pacific Security at NYIT

New York, N.Y. (April 8, 2011) - Before a crowd of policy makers, journalists, and students at NYIT’s Manhattan campus, U.S. PACOM Commander Admiral Robert F. Willard shared his thoughts on the evolving Asia-Pacific security landscape this week.

Initially intending to speak on the military rise of China, Admiral Willard opened his remarks by offering condolences to the people of Japan for their “profound losses” after the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

“If we’d announced this topic as little as six weeks ago, we would be thinking of battleships, airplanes, and China’s military industrial complex in the making,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. “But today we think about tsunamis, tectonic shifts, and the economics of safety for millions.”

After describing the role of PACOM in the region’s natural disaster and humanitarian relief efforts, Admiral Willard addressed nuclearization and weapons proliferation in North Korea, terrorism in South and Southeast Asia, cybersecurity and piracy in the Asia-Pacific, and the importance of building mutual trust in the military-to-military relationship between the United States and China. 

“We’re trying to come together to provide security for the most important economic region of the world,” said Willard. “The China relationship is a relationship that we must get right.”

Popularly known as the aerial coordinator for the 1986 movie Top Gun, Admiral Willard has been the Commander of PACOM since October 2009. In his role, he commands not only the Pacific fleet, but also the United States Army, Marines, and Air Force of the Pacific.

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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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