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
An unpublished RAND study found that members of the nuclear missile force have low job satisfaction and often feel job-related “burnout,” however, Air Force officials say morale across the missile wings actually is comparable to the Air Force average.
Senators have introduced a host of competing amendments to the Fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill aimed at curbing sexual assaults in the military.
Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast
Three of the four surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders made their final toast to their deceased comrades during an invitation-only ceremony at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 9.