Airpower Projection in the Anti-Access/Area Denial Environment: Dispersed Operations
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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This paper examines the difficulty with traditional power projection models in an Anti-AccessArea Denial A2AD environment and offers an alternative, affordable, and practical solution to Combatant Commanders who seek to retain power projection capabilities in this new environment. The US Air Force has consolidated its global operations onto a dwindling number of forward bases that are increasingly held hostage to adversaries who are gaining precise and lethal technologies that can deny those bases the ability to generate airpower.