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All Warfighting Domains Are Challenged in the Asia-Pacific Region

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Previous Asia military operations dealt with one or two warfighting domains; but that was a luxury that no longer is available.

Human Rights Legislation Hinders Asia-Pacific Coalition Building

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Congressional action that limited U.S. activities with human rights violators is hurting Pacific Command efforts to build regional coalitions.

A Different Kind of "Star Wars" Approach May Help Pacific Missile Defense

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Pacific Command is considering new ways of countering the growing Chinese ballistic missile threat.

U.S. Pacific Command Seeks to Extend Coalitions

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

PACOM’s traditional model of bilateral coalitions in the Asia-Pacific region is giving way to larger groupings built on a regional basis.

 

Emergency Response Tops Priority List for U.S. Pacific Command

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Most of the Pacific Command’s mission will focus on aiding others in need rather than warfighting efforts.

 

U.S. Aims to Share Pacific Relationships With China

November 13, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Under a new U.S. Asia-Pacific doctrine, friends don’t force friends to choose between Pacific superpowers. Nations can be friendly with both China and the United States.

 

Asia-Pacific Is a Region With a New Priority

November 1, 2012
By Kent R. Schneider

Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” the new strategic guidance for the Defense Department, begins with a letter dated January 3, 2012, by President Obama. In this letter, the president states, “Our nation is at a moment of transition…. As commander in chief, I am determined that we meet the challenges of this moment responsibly and that we emerge even stronger in a manner that preserves American global leadership…. Indeed, as we end today’s wars, we will focus on a broader range of challenges and opportunities, including the security and prosperity of the Asia Pacific.” The new strategy was released by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on January 5, 2012, with emphasis that the United States will maintain a balance between readiness and the need to address budget issues and debt reduction.

The new strategy leads to a strategic inflection point after more than a decade of war. This strategic view suggests that the United States will shape a new force structure that will be fundamentally joint, that will be smaller and leaner, and that will leverage technology to be agile and flexible. The United States clearly intends to maintain a full-spectrum capability.

As NATO forces, including the United States, withdraw from Afghanistan over the next couple of years, the new strategy calls for a U.S. strategic “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.” This concept involves a strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region while maintaining U.S. relationships in the Middle East and Europe. Officials believe that this can be accomplished by applying some of the resources that have been dedicated to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years.

Information Priorities 
in the Asia-Pacific

November 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

Cybersecurity remains the foremost concern for the man tasked with overseeing U.S. military communications technology in the Asia-Pacific area as the national defense strategy shifts focus to that region of the globe. New opportunities for technologies and programs are opening, but cyber issues continue to hold top billings in importance, and moves to shore up operations predate the recent official guidance.

Building Bridges Across the Pacific

November 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

Cutting-edge warfighter technologies, ranging from nanoscience products to micro air vehicles, are advancing through the combined efforts of multinational top researchers within the Asia-Pacific region. This technical collaboration is driven in part by a U.S. Air Force research and development office in Tokyo, which is building international relationships while optimizing the intellectual talent within one of the world’s most active arenas for scientific breakthroughs.

Pacific Command Adjusts 
to New Regional Emphasis

November 1, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The new U.S. strategic thrust toward the Asia-Pacific region is boosting longtime efforts in both coalition building and force projection. Bilateral alliances are evolving into multinational operations, and U.S. forces are increasing their forward deployed presence in quantity and capability.

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