PIB reported on August 15, 2021 that Lt. General CP Mohanty, Vice Chief of Army Staff has proceeded on a five day visit to the US to enhance bilateral military cooperation and explore future avenues for military-to-military defence partnership. The Vice Chief will attend the multilateral Chiefs of Defence Conference, being held in Hawaii, which will be marked by discussions on three important topics: how Covid-19 will change national security forever; role of minilateralism in a free and open Indo-Pacific; and challenges and opportunities of technology enabled threats. He will also interact with the senior military leadership of the countries attending the Chiefs of Defence Conference. Later, the Vice Chief will travel to Washington DC and interact with senior military leaders and civilian officials of the Department of Defence. He will also visit the Programme Executive Office Soldier and witness innovations in close combat squads, Soldier Survivability, Soldier Lethality, Soldier Manoeuvre and Precision Targeting and Integrated Visual Augmentation System.