The Importance of US Allies and Air Defense in the Indo-Pacific

with Brigadier General Ajai Singh Dabas, Colonel Carina Kelley, and Lieutenant Colonel Wade Smith
Apr 3, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Open to the Public



Event Description

What can and should the US military do to strengthen partnerships and capacity in the Indo-Pacific to support a free and open Indo-Pacific and, if necessary, defend its allies and interests in the region? The 2022 National Security Strategy argues that "the next ten years will be the decisive decade" for competition with China in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe, and that the United States must "work with other regional states to keep the Indo-Pacific open and accessible and ensure that nations are free to make their own choices, consistent with obligations under international law."  Join us as US and Indian senior military officers attending the US Army War College discuss the importance of partners and allies in maintaining a rules-based international order and how the US military can help uphold core principles of that international order and deter challenges to it.

About the Speakers 

Brigadier General Ajai Singh Dabas is a Special Forces officer with 29 years of service in the Indian Army. The officer has operated in diverse terrain including desert, mountains, and jungles. He has commanded a special forces battalion and infantry brigade in rugged, high-altitude area in intense conventional and counter-terrorist environment. The officer has tenanted several appointments as a staff officer in an infantry brigade, mountain strike division and the Army Training Command. He has served on instructional appointments in Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan and Defense Services Staff College, Wellington. He holds a Master of Science and Philosophy in Defense and Strategic Affairs. 
Colonel Carina Kelley is an Army Air Defense Artillery Officer with over 22 years of service. During her career she has deployed three times, once to Israel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and twice to Iraq in support of Operations New Dawn and Inherent Resolve. She has commanded at multiple levels; most recently as a Patriot missile Battalion Commander based out of Fort Bliss, Texas. Prior to attending the US Army War College, Colonel Kelley served as the Integrated Air and Missile Defense branch chief at US Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii. Col Kelley has been married to her husband, David, for 22 years and they have three children. 
Lieutenant Colonel Wade Smith is a graduate student at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he entered the Air Force in 2007. He is a certified Aircraft Maintenance Officer. With over sixteen years of service, Lt Col Smith commanded the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, advised as a Security Cooperation Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, and served in various other roles including as staff officer at the Pentagon. Most recently, he was the Director of Operations for the Air Force’s Military Personnel Exchange Program in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, overseeing military exchange programs with over 15 Allied and Partner Air Forces.