Air-Sea Battle through Joint Training: Power Projection Sustainability
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Critical reevaluation of the global strategic environment is imperative as U.S. Joint Forces draw down from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specifically, the Carrier Strike Group CSG must find innovative methods of sustaining power projection capabilities despite the U.S. Navy s reduction in overall force composition, delay of future technology, and the increased threat of anti-accessarea denial A2AD capabilities on the global stage. In order to provide Combatant Commanders with a CSG capable of projecting power while faced with A2AD challenges, the Carrier Air Wing CVW must incorporate the Air-Sea Battle ASB Concept through enhanced joint training with the U.S. Air Force USAF. This paper examines the ASB Concept as a solution for effective joint operations in an advanced A2AD environment and outlines methods for joint force development to meet the power projection needs of Combatant Commanders. Through implementation of joint training with the USAF, focused on cross-domain operations, multi-level integration, and the incorporation of realistic A2AD threat scenarios, the USN will develop a CVW that is networked, integrated, and capable of attack-in-depth in a complex A2AD environment. Ultimately, the U.S. Joint Force s ability to adapt joint training to meet current economic and strategic challenges will ensure U.S. freedom of access and power projection in the global commons.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics