Rough Draft for the Pacific
Capacity of forces is just as important as capability, particularly in a region of vast distances like the Asia-Pacific, said former Chief of Naval Operations retired
Adm. Gary Roughead. Further, since unmanned aircraft and undersea vehicles
"will be the game changer for the coming decades," the United States
needs to have a "very thoughtful approach" to its unmanned strategy
in the Pacific, he told the House Armed Services Committee on July 24 during a
hearing on the US military's Asia-Pacific rebalance. The United States has the
lead in technology and operational experience, and should leverage these
advantages, said Roughead. Senior officials should also examine US and allied
communication architectures, as the nature of high-end conflict will turn on the
resilience of these systems, he said. "How hard are they? How robust are
they? How redundant are they" asked Roughead rhetorically. The command and
control of forces, both American and allied, will be a critical factor in any
contingency in the upper end of the conflict spectrum, he noted.
In More Depth
|Gates Versus the Air Force
In his book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes the Air Force as “one of my biggest headaches”—a perception USAF leaders were never able to turn around during his tenure.
A Systemic Problem
Air Force Secretary Deborah James acknowledged the Air Force does “have a systemic problem” within its nuclear forces, though she said she is confident the mission itself remains strong.
The A-12, Settled At Last
After a 23-year seesaw legal battle in which both sides were at some point “up” by more than a billion dollars, the Navy and its A-12 contractors have put the A-12 controversy to rest with a settlement.