Forward Arming and Refueling Points for Fighter Aircraft: Power Projection in an Antiaccess Environment
AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The United States depends upon effective power projection to advance its national interests abroad. A section of the Department of Defense s strategic guidance for 2012 describes one of the primary missions of the US armed forces as Projecting Power Despite Anti-AccessArea Denial Challenges. The US Air Force plays a central role in power projection by providing air and space superiority intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR rapid global mobility global strike and command and control. The US military faces significant challenges to its power projection capabilities, particularly in the Western Pacific theater of operations WPTO. The People s Republic of China has invested substantial resources in the modernization of its military forces and continues to expand its antiaccessareadenial A2AD capabilities, largely designed to prevent opposing forces from gaining access to the WPTO. Consequently, as the Air Force attempts to solve today s A2AD problems, it should first reduce the vulnerabilities of forward-deployed forces to A2 threats, thereby allowing them to project force into a contested theater. The rapid movement and employment of fighter aircraft by means of mobile forward arming and refueling points FARP support this priority.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft