America's Pacific Air-Sea Battle Vision (Page 2 of 2)

At its highest level, Congress will need to maintain a Navy fleet with an adequate number of aircraft carriers, attack submarines and surface combatants. The recent decision to revise the Navy’s planned 313-ship fleet downward, including the early decommissioning of 7 Ticonderoga-class cruisers and the delayed procurement of a Virginia-class attack submarine and an LHA amphibious assault ship, all reflect a trend in the wrong direction. The Air Force will also need a fleet with a balanced mix of F-22 and F-35A 5th generation fighters and a modernized B-2 bomber fleet.

In the decade ahead, Congress must invest in new, low-signature, high-endurance technologies to project power at greater distances, while maintaining freedom of maneuver in denied or limited access environments. The Navy will require an Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike aircraft (UCLASS) that can strike targets at ranges up to 1,500 nautical miles. Such an investment would allow a carrier strike group to operate further out to sea thereby reducing or negating the strategic advantage offered by a Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM).I’m particularly concerned about this program, given the Navy’s decision to reportedly cut $240 million in FY13 and push the initial operating date from 2018 to 2020. The Navy will also need to field a more capable replacement for the Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile with much longer range for both its surface fleet and submarines to negate the PLA Navy’s advantage in this area. Moreover, the Navy must seek to further its integration of air and cruise missile defense capabilities. Last, to prevent a critical capability gap in long-range strike as our guided missile submarines retire between 2020 and 2030, the Navy will be compelled to field additional Virginia-class submarines equipped with a payload module that expands the strike volume of Tomahawk missiles.

For its part, the Air Force will need a new Long-Range Strike Bomber that has the range and survivability to execute missions deep inside enemy territory. As competitors’ air dominance fighters continue to improve in capability, the Air Force may have to also consider re-opening the F-22 production line to increase its current fleet of 185 fighters. As our adversaries bring online more robust anti-satellite capabilities and challenge our preeminence in the space domain, the Air Force must also investigate ways to increase the redundancy and survivability of its constellation of communication, GPS and ISR satellites.

The services will also have to develop new doctrine and invest in training consistent with the Air-Sea Battle concept, including, for instance, the ability to conduct operations in an environment where command and control are degraded by an adversary.

The Air-Sea Battle Office is still only months old, but in the year ahead the Navy, Air Force, and ASB Office will have to make a more concerted effort to brief Members of Congress and professional staff on the A2/AD threat and the importance of specific investments the services require to meet the concept’s demands. At the same time, the services will need to guard against allowing every program to be portrayed as critical to Air-Sea Battle’s success. Given the department’s tightening budget, it will require a careful balance.

Finally, I hope we can work to bring our allies into this effort. As Air-Sea Battle was formulated in 2010 and 2011, a sense of curiosity and confusion arose amongst our friends about just what our efforts entailed. It would be beneficial if the department could comprehensively address these concerns in the months ahead, as well as identify productive ways states like Japan and Australia might contribute.

While the department has constructed a concept that will enable our air and naval force to effectively project power in A2/AD environments, Air-Sea Battle will remain incomplete without the enduring political and budgetary support of the Congress. Similar to the role it played in the early 1980s, it will be up to the Congress to ensure the shifting balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region is reversed by properly investing in the capabilities necessary to project power throughout the region.

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., is chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and founder and co-chairman of the Congressional China Caucus.


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major lowen gil marquez
March 19, 2013 at 07:15

The AirSea battle concept of the US Armed forces will be process into the US Doctrine its application will be better to apply it in the military execise at the WESTERN PHILIPPINE SEA, This exercise in the Scarborough shoal and Spratley Island shows a great effect of real scenario, Malaysia, South Korea, Brunei, Vietnamand Taiwan willbetter if they will be a participants in the said doctrine exercise to have a mutual cooperation on this Nations in order to create a trust, confidence and cooperation both on economic, political and socio cultural environment towards the common good of the free world, specially the South East Asian Nations, AirSea Battle will be the best in all expeditionary forces with the team work of the said mention countryies aboved, After the AirSea battle exercise, it is an imperative to shift to AirLand Battle in order to have a continuing doctinal exercise so that it will create a total accomplishment of full expectrum scenario exercise that will fully accomplished the complete doctrinal concept of achieving peace in every region in the four corners of the world and protect our self from the dictatorial fascist regime like the chinese communist…


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January 24, 2013 at 00:39

It looks like Forbes simply tacked his name on the latest press release from Lockheed/Boeing/Raytheon.  A good little corporate scutboy, like practically all of the Congress.  

But leave aside the lust for profit, which is so obvious in Forbes' banal and idiotic and completely predictable emission.  There's a deeper question here:  Just why do Americans need to have yet another enemy?  How do most Americans — MOST Americans, not the frauds and tapeworms inhabiting the Beltway and corporate suites — benefit from antagonizing a billion Chinese.  There is absolutely no fundamental reason why China and America cannot coexist amicably, and many reasons why they must, in the world we inhabit now.

If there's an enemy here, it's self-dealing little quislings like Forbes.  He would have Americans spend another two or three generations wasting immense wealth and talent over "threats" that he and scutboys like him have fabricated and hyped.  His actions are NOT those of a patriot, or even a middling public employee.  Ridicule and shunning are the proper responses to his kind.

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Lauren Garza
August 3, 2012 at 01:49

I take it that Newport and Hampton Roads navel bases are in this congressmans district. Why is it that every four years some perceived threat from overseas suddenly pops up.

Mike Hwang
March 24, 2012 at 13:49

The US can call it military strategy any name. Ultimately it means the same thing.The US has overwhelming military superiority over China. It can destroy China many times over.
The Chinese aint going to be like the PLA of 1996 or further back in the Korea war ,Taiwan crises of the 50s and deep in history the opium war. To refresh :in the opium war the Ching dynasty decadent and oblivious to the weapons employed by the estern powers were trampled and beijing set ablaze.During the Korea war US had virtual air superiority and could have annihlated the PLA .In 1996, US carriers could have parked in in the Taiwan Straits and rained tomahawk after tomahawk without fear of retaliation by PLA forces.
2012 is adifferent scenario.Granted the US can eliminate the PLA nuclear threat to the US but it going to be easy.For the 1st time ,US forces and CONUS will be subjected to reataliation by PLA wreaking enormous and unacceptable damage.
As time goes on with the PLA upgrading, the level of destruction and damage will increase many times.
Inwords the US says it is not containing China. But its actions prove otherwise. As we know .Stalin and Hitler sign anon aggression treaty.We know what happened.
The PLA like the scout: Be prepared.

March 17, 2012 at 06:44

until i can refute your words…in a free speech way…
as “the diplomat” will not let me say…to you what i have to say..
well, i do not really “have my say”.

I have even emailed the diplomat after a few days…no answer…so it seems to me. that they print …..what they want to print.

if they even print this…well…means crapola…because..i spent hours researching…in the name of peace…and goodwill…and
they did not print my words.

i believe any censorship…is crapola. PERIOD.

i type “anything”…and it says a “moderator” has to read it first…

which, i have a little respect for…but…

“Please note, no comments that include abusive or inflammatory remarks
aimed at writers or other commenters will be accepted.”
-which i did not do.

i have made “no comments that include abusive or inflammatory remarks
aimed at writers or other commenters”.

so, even if i follow the “house” rules…i am in “crapola”…

so please …again…i humbly..and gently…and peacefully…ask…for an explanation…Oh’ ‘Diplomat”.

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