Myanmar is on the list of observers but it's not finalised yet (photo : usoonpatrol)
If the invitation is extended, the Burmese observers will only participate in the humanitarian assistance/disaster response and military medical portions of the exercise.
Cobra Gold is a Thai-led exercise and is the largest Asia-based military exercise the
Around 6,900 United States
service members participated in Cobra Gold 2012 held in February. U.S.
Cobra Gold is the largest US multilateral military exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together thousands of troops from the United States, Thailand and other countries for field training. (photo : Pattaya Times)
There are two set of observers. The first is called multinational planning augmentation teams and include nations such as
South Korea, Malaysia and . Indonesia
The second category of observers consists of coalition observer liaison teams, and this would include
. This past year, coalition
observer liaison teams came from Brunei, China, the Netherlands, Laos, New
Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. Burma
The Burmese government has opened up over the past year. As part of a larger
government effort, DOD representatives were part of a State Department-led
earlier this month. Burma
“That mission was focused primarily on human rights dialogue with the Burmese,” Little said. “We’re exploring opportunities to discuss a range of issues with the government of