Accession Number:

AD1037251

Title:

Air-Sea Battle And The U.S. Rebalance To The Pacific

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2016-03-28

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Anti-AccessArea-Denial A2AD is an all too present challenge to U.S. Joint Operational Access Concept JOAC. The Air-Sea Battle operational concept is an integrally nested component of JOAC with the intent of assisting Combat Commanders and the Joint Staff on the approach to defeat A2AD challenges and facilitate operational access in a contested environment. While it is understood that China is not an identified adversary, it would be in the U.S best interest to acknowledge China as the obvious pacing threat based on capability, capacity and intent. Other potential adversaries such as Iran and Russia certainly pose a challenge to U.S. power projection but not nearly on the scale as China in the Western Pacific. As the U.S. strategy of rebalancing to the Pacific matures, it is imperative that the U.S. pay particular attention to the anti-access environment that the Chinese are capable of creating and use this as the baseline for a realistic operational approach to A2AD in the near future.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE