Uni­fy­ing global air­power to ad­dress com­mon chal­lenges

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Colombo Air Sym­po­sium 2017, or­gan­ised by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), will be held on Oct.12-13 at Ea­gles’ Lake­side Ban­quet & Con­ven­tion Hall, At­tidiya, Colombo.

"This year’s sym­po­sium, un­der the theme “Air­power in Ad­dress­ing Asym­met­ric Threats”, will bring to­gether mil­i­tary lead­ers, tech­ni­cal ex­perts, global think-tanks and diplo­mats world­wide to share their knowl­edge and pro­fi­ciency on build­ing a uni­fied global Air­power to ad­dress com­mon chal­lenges," the SLAF stated.

While bor­der and ter­ri­to­rial dis- putes con­tinue to be po­ten­tial flash­points for con­flicts world­wide, non- con­ven­tional se­cu­rity threats such as transna­tional ter­ror­ism, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and global pan­demics have added com­plex­i­ties and posed new chal­lenges for mil­i­tary forces. Air­power, a tra­di­tion­ally of­fen­sive mil­i­tary in­stru­ment, is in­creas­ingly em­ployed to ad­dress the above is­sues as well as hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, and peace-keep­ing op­er­a­tions. Hence, the SLAF ex­pects this year’s theme “Air­power in Ad­dress­ing Asym­met­ric Threats,” would stim­u­late a broad dis­course among the par­tic­i­pants.

The Colombo Air Sym­po­sium in­au­gu­rated in 2015, is a key an­nual event or­gan­ised by the SLAF, to de­velop a wider per­spec­tive of world Air­power and to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion, un­der­stand­ing and good­will among rep­re­sent­ing na­tions.

Navy per­son­nel putting up ban­ners yes­ter­day. Pix by Indika Han­duwala

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