Resiliency Goes Beyond Hardening
The Air Force's "Pacific Airpower
Resiliency Initiative" aims to give Pacific Air Forces installations the
ability "to withstand attack, adapt, and have the capability to perform
military operations in the face of continued enemy attacks," said command
spokesman Maj. Gregory Harland. It envisions improvements like bolstered defensive systems and the presence of
RED HORSE engineers at theater bases, senior Pentagon officials have said.
"Resiliency is a mix of these efforts; it's not just about hardening
infrastructure," Harland told the Daily
Report on April 25. PACAF is continuously honing its resiliency strategy,
and the foundation of this initiative is based on research, analytic studies,
and tactics, techniques, and procedures to survive and operate against attacks
or threats at locations such as Andersen AFB, Guam, he said. He cited a program
called the Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability that improves
defenses, while also countering threats through attack operations, and supports
updated command and control tools. Due to the budget sequester, Harland said
PACAF, along with all major commands, is reducing spending to protect contingency
operations. As such, "all programs and spending are being reviewed,"
including this initiative, he added.
—Marc V. Schanz
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