Pacific Pathways is a new concept executed by the U.S. Army Pacific to deploy the most trained and ready U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) forces through a “training pathway,” using a series of existing, consecutive bilateral and multilateral exercises and engagements with ally and partner militaries in the region. It takes into consideration today’s fiscal challenges, the region’s complexity, and the many opportunities that exist to work with our Asia Pacific allies and partners’ militaries to enhance cooperation and interoperability.
Talisman Saber is a U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)-sponsored exercise that trains PACOM forces in a high-end, mid-intensity warfighting scenario involving a Combined Task Force (CTF). The purpose of Talisman Sabre is to improve Australian-U.S. readiness for a wide variety of contingencies, strengthen interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in maritime and littoral training areas of Australia. Talisman Sabre is generally held during odd years and merges the previous exercises of Tandem Thrust and Crocodile into one biennial, joint, combined exercise with U.S. and Australian forces.
Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG) is a routine and defense-oriented exercise, designed to enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. UFG is planned months in advance and it is not connected to any current world events. Training exercises like UFG are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice. These exercise also highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the two nations, help to ensure peace and security on the peninsula, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the alliance.
Yama Sakura (YS) is the largest bilateral command post exercise that focuses predominantly on bilateral and joint planning, coordination, and interoperability of ground-based elements of the U.S./Japan security alliance. There are other exercises that do include U.S. Army/Marine and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) elements, but Yama Sakura is the only one that focuses on those ground elements as the main effort of the defense of Japan.