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Obstacles Loom for Pacific Realignment

January 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The shift of U.S. power to the Asia-Pacific will not be successful without an infusion of new technology and a dedicated effort to defeat a wide range of adversaries. The new strategic emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region poses a new set of challenges, mandating solutions that run the gamut from technological capabilities to cultural outreach and diplomacy.

On the military side, direct challenges range from dealing with cyberspace attacks to providing missile defense in a large-scale conflict. On the geopolitical side, centuries of conflict and confrontation among neighbors must be overcome if a region-wide security environment enabling economic growth is to be implemented.

The technological response will require moving game-changing—or even disruptive—technologies into theater faster and more effectively. Strategically, both government and the military must build more extensive coalitions among a large number of nations, some of which historically have not trusted each other.

These points were among the many discussed at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 13-15. Titled “Rebalancing Toward the Asia-Pacific—Challenges and Opportunities,” the conference featured a multinational roster of speakers and panelists from across government, the military, industry and academia.

One challenge that faces modern military forces anywhere in the world is cyberspace, and the threat in that realm is extending into new areas with potentially greater lethality. A new type of player has emerged among cyber malefactors, and many traditional adversaries are adopting new tactics that combine both hardware and software exploitation. These threats no longer are confined to customary targets, as even systems once thought sacrosanct are vulnerable to potentially devastating onslaughts.

Technology Will Be the Leveling Tool for Pacific Rebalancing

November 16, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012 Online Show Daily: Day 3

Quote of the Day: “Anyone who wants to go to conflict is not right.”—Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific

Technology advances hold the key for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) to fulfill its new missions as part of the U.S. strategic realignment toward the Asia-Pacific region. Many of the technologies that top the wish lists of PACOM leadership are the usual suspects: enablers of interoperability and data sharing. But, in addition to introducing new capabilities, technology advances also are needed for defending against emerging vulnerabilities.

The third and final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2012, held November 13-15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, featured a well-distributed set of PACOM leaders describing their challenges and needs. One panel featured four of the command’s joint directors discussing their requirements in the context of each other’s fields. Ultimately, the head of the Pacific Fleet delivered a straight-up wish list designed to carry the fleet well into the foreseeable future.

One item that seemed to be at the top of everyone’s list is the ability to share information across domains. Rear Adm. Paul B. Becker, USN, commander, PACOM J-2, director for intelligence, cited the ability to engage in multidomain data transfer. That common wish was expanded on by Brig. Gen. J. Marcus Hicks, USAF, director, communications systems, J-6, PACOM. Gen. Hicks also requested interoperability and the ability to move data across the domains.

Rebalancing Is a Long-Term Endeavor

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The commander of the Pacific Fleet sees changes taking place far into the future.

Ultimately, Many Cyber Operations May Be Local

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The infinite domain may best be addressed on a geographical basis.

PACOM Directors Think Regionally Across Vast Area

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The nature of the challenges facing the largest U.S. area of operation require acting locally as well as globally.

Pacific Command Joint Directors Share Similar Technology Wish Lists

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Whether in operations, intelligence or information systems, the same technology concerns predominate.

Major Technology Changes Loom for Army

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The next two years will see huge leap-ahead capabilities for ground forces, but with an increase in inherent risks.

Conflict in the South China Sea Would Be Devastating

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The military goal to ensure Asia-Pacific security aims to prevent an economically disastrous war.

The U.S. Army Returns to an Army-Dominant Pacific

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

Deployed out of theater for a decade, the U.S. Army Pacific returns with an increased emphasis on its mission.

Cyberspace, Technology Innovation Throw Plans Into Well of Uncertainty

November 15, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

 

 

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