U.S. magazine Detailed Air Sea Battle: hypothetical war with China in 2028
Air Sea Battle, the main fighter plane F-35
end of last year, the Pentagon’s strategy researchers have proposed a new “Air Sea Battle” (AirSea Battle, also translated “sea-air joint operations”) theory, which aims to integrate the United States Navy and Air Force combat capability, and joint Asia-Pacific allies, deter or defeat potential joint regional rivals. Published in the United States in August this year, “Air Force” magazine, carried an article on the theory of the origin and the specific implementation modalities in-depth interpretation. Now focus on the content of newspaper articles compiled below for reference.
lock the main battlefield in Asia Pacific
article said, “Air Sea Battle,” formerly known as “air and ground war” (AirLand Battle) theory, which the U.S. Army and Air Force in the 1980s made for the army to deter the Soviet Union across Europe, advancing to the English Channel. Former U.S. Army in Germany 5th regiment of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was noted that if NATO can not stop the first two rounds of the Soviet Army attack, they probably would use nuclear weapons.
Today, the Pentagon believes that the Asia Pacific region, the United States only a “gradual rise of the military competitor,” that is China. In some people, China is the only U.S. national security, the real long-term threat, the threat of far more than Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. In recent years, China’s fast growing economy dependent on the deployment of advanced fighters, missiles, radar, submarine and mine-laying ship, used to stop the U.S. naval and air forces closer to China’s airspace and territorial waters. China is also building an ocean-going navy, to the east to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the projection of force, further south, the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
the White House and Pentagon claims that war with China is not inevitable, but the description of “Air Sea Battle” concept memorandum made it clear that the U.S. military is preparing for this possibility. It wrote: “This’ game ‘will allow the Air Force, Navy, space and special forces with a military competitor with a variety of means to an enemy, these tools include multi-dimensional’ anti-access” network, space control, ballistic and cruise missile attack submarine force … … conflict time is set to 2028. “
reserve base in Asia searching
as” empty war “part of the preparation, in April this year, a U.S. military C-130 transport aircraft crew members, completed in Indonesia, code-named” Western response to -10 “after the exercise, the situation on the country’s Air Force Base wrote Assessment report, covering the runway conditions, reliability of electricity supply, safety and fuel reserves adequacy of the apron.
article said, it looks like the beginning of a routine report. However, with the “air and maritime war” theory put into practice, the airport has a new sense of intelligence. Because, “Air Sea Battle,” one of the points: in the whole of Asia to find a base for U.S. warplanes to use, this will enable potential adversaries like China in determining the targets, the face more difficult choices. Also, once the main base was bombed and scattered back to the U.S. military base can be done more smoothly.
practice of “empty war” theory, also requires strengthening the command center, communications hub, hangars, shipyards, and other may have been a missile attack infrastructure. For the lack of protection of the apron, the U.S. engineers will be living in the vicinity, in order to timely appear, repair the damaged area. “Air Sea Battle,” and even requires the development of new repair materials, compared to common concrete, these materials can be hardened in a very short period of time, so that destruction of the runway once again put into use.
“Air Sea Battle,” stressed the U.S. Air Force planes and missiles to be the Navy’s aircraft carriers and ship-launched missiles, and coordinated operations. At the same time, it will integrate into the “active defense” concept, that is to take various measures to destroy enemy aircraft and missiles, or reduce the damage of such attacks. Dependent on active defense aircraft, air defense weapons, missile defense systems, electronic warfare and network warfare.
the other hand, on the “who will direct the future of air-sea joint operations,” the issues have been surfaced. U.S. Air Force stationed in Xiaweiyixi Cam hope by the 13th Army Air Force Base, 613 air and space operations center (AOC) to undertake this task. However, historically, the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are reluctant to hand over control. In addition, the U.S. Navy set up a maritime operations center, you need based on the hardware compatibility with the U.S. Air Force air and space operations center coordination.
to form an alliance to overcome “the barriers of distance”
according to the article, “Air Sea Battle,” should not be interpreted as the U.S. ‘unilateral action “, but a dependent ally of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Japan and Australia, a joint operational plan. U.S. military wants to use this military alliance, to overcome the encountered in the region so-called “distance barrier.” For example, Japan, from Tokyo to Sydney, Australia (4921 miles, 1 mile approximately 1.6 km), is the distance from Washington to San Francisco (2442 miles) twice.
addition to the outside of the U.S. military presence in Japan continues, “Air Sea Battle,” also asked the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military to speed up the integration process, especially in intelligence and early warning systems. The operational concept requires the development of Japan continue to participate in ballistic missile defense system to strengthen its air defense capabilities; asked Tokyo to its anti-submarine net across the southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and extends to the Sea of ??Japan. However, frequent change of political power in Japan in recent years, US-Japan military integration to cast a shadow.
contrast, the US-Australia alliance by the political change less likely. Since World War II alliance has been established, sustained and steady development of bilateral friendly relations. Therefore, “air and maritime war” theory proposed that Australia should be developed anti-ship cruise missiles, the establishment of long-range radar network, in order to improve the coverage of the southern hemisphere. Australia is particularly interested in the southwest Pacific, which hurt the United States. Overall, Canberra can provide strategic depth to the U.S. alliance.