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.
Sept. 27, 2022
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, said Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.