Why Militaries Should Play Games With Each Other is the title of an OpEd by DKI APCSS former visiting scholar Jonathan Cham and Dr. Deon Canyon for Civil Beat.

The opinion piece states that: “International exercises are designed to test the implementation of common operating platforms, build common understandings, and share knowledge between militaries.

According to the authors, For those concerned that RIMPAC may provoke our Indo-Pacific neighbors, it is worth remembering what a broad, multinational exercise communicates to the region. The U.S. can and frequently does exercise by itself. However, when the U.S. coordinates its efforts with 25 other nations, it signals a commitment to work with and support the interests of those neighbors.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, the US Department of Defence, or the US Government.