San Diego World Affairs Council
“U.S. Alliances in the Indo-Pacific: A
Ret. Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas
With nearly half of the world’s population, and a dynamic military, economic, and geopolitical environment, Asia is on course to shape global events over the remainder of the 21st century. Ret. Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, former U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Commander, will examine the current state of U.S. alliances in Asia, the 7th Fleet’s posture in the Western Pacific, and security treaties affecting this part of the world. He also will discuss coming changes to the international order, and how U.S. security interests in Asia will be redefined.
As 7th Fleet Commander, Ret. Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas oversaw operations of roughly 5,070 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and 20,000 sailors. Previously, he served on fast-attack submarines. After retiring in early 2017, Vice Admiral Thomas became a Senior Research Fellow with UC San Diego’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and a master of arts in national security studies from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Monday, August 28, 2017
6:00-6:30 p.m.Registration & Reception
7:30-8:00 p.m. Q&A
National University Corporate Headquarters, Sanford Center Auditorium
11355 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037