Accession Number : ADA562954
Title : Promoting International Energy Security. Volume 3: Sea-Lanes to Asia
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Henry, Ryan ; Osowski, Christine ; Chalk, Peter ; Bartis, James T
Report Date : Jan 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 91
Abstract : Security for Asia s major energy sea-lanes running from the Hormuz Strait, into the Indian Ocean, through the Malacca Strait to Singapore, and into the South China Sea currently lags behind the growing criticality of these waterways. Key economic powers in the region depend on sea-lane transport for the vast majority of their oil supplies, which in turn help to fuel their economic growth. Although the U.S. Navy has traditionally guaranteed freedom of the seas in Asia, a growing mission set and shrinking force structure challenge this role. The growing mismatch between the importance of the sea-lanes and the stress on and vulnerability of the system has contributed to rising energy insecurity in the region. This exploratory report assesses whether an alternative approach to sea-lane security would be valuable and what role, if any, the U.S. Air Force might play in enhancing sea-lane security. RAND found that, while the direct benefits of greater Air Force engagement in improving energy sea-lane security would likely be marginal, the spillover benefits of joint operations with the Navy and multinational engagement could make greater Air Force involvement worthwhile.
Descriptors : *ASIA , *CRUDE OIL , *IMPORTS , *MARINE TRANSPORTATION , *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL) , AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , AIR FORCE PLANNING , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , JET ENGINE FUELS , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , NAVY , PETROLEUM INDUSTRY , THREAT EVALUATION
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Government and Political Science
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE