Those involved with the Air Force-Navy AirSea Battle concept are trying to run a public relations campaign to educate the general public as well as the concept’s critics within the Pentagon on what the initiative is and isn’t, said senior representatives from both services at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday. “There has been a great deal of information and disinformation about this topic put out there,” said Lt. Gen. Burton Field, who oversees operations, plans, and requirements issues on the Air Staff, during the symposium’s AirSea Battle panel discussion. “This is not a strategy, it is not something that excludes the real world, or the [combatant commanders],” said Rear Adm. Bruce Grooms, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy. Rather than a “resource needs Christmas tree,” ASB seeks to better integrate the Navy and Air Force to respond to the challenges of war in this century, said Grooms. Those include overcoming anti-access environments and quickly projecting power over long distances.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.