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Accession Number ADA582307
Title Asia, the Pacific and the US Air Force's Contribution to the Future of US National Security.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 8p
Personal Author J. A. Shaud K. C. Holzimmer
Abstract On 17 November 2011, President Obama announced before the Australian parliament that the Asia-Pacific region is a 'top priority' of U.S. security policy. Shortly after those remarks, USAF chief of staff, Gen Norton A. Schwartz, directed the Air Force Research Institute (AFRI) to undertake a year- long study focused on the role airpower will play in achieving national objectives in the Pacific region through the year 2020. In this context, airpower is inclusive in that it is not entirely service-specific and it encompasses air, space, and cyber. The AFRI team began its research by considering the ideas of Michele Flournoy and Shawn Brimley on strategic planning and national security. In proposing a structured approach to develop a comprehensive national strategy, Flournoy and Brimley called for a new 'Solarium Project,' inspired by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower's discussions in the White House solarium that produced the Cold War containment policy used against the Soviet Union. Since the United States has embarked on a major policy shift--as it had in 1952--AFRI considered the Eisenhower-era process proposed by Flournoy and Brimley appropriate to ensure the greatest likelihood of success. They initiated the study using a three-case approach, much like the Solarium Project in 1953: best case, worst case, and most likely case. Further, the research team used the DIME construct as the framework for exploring potential solution sets. Unlike 1953 when the United States faced an openly hostile adversary, the Asia-Pacific states do not pose this immediate threat. Time exists to develop viable mechanisms to resolve potential conflict. AFRI suggests that the United States pursue a strategy of 'Transitional Engagement.' The Air Force has a unique opportunity to support President Obama's vision for engaging with the Asia-Pacific region. However, it will involve a combination of traditional roles and missions as well as newer ones; both sets will play a decisive role.
Keywords Air force
Air power
Asia-pacific region
Building partnership capacity
Cold war
Economic analysis
Interagency coordination
International relations
International trade
Isr(Intelligence surveillance reconnaissance)
Military capabilities
Military forces(Foreign)
National security
Situational awareness
South korea
Strategic planning
Transitional engagement

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Air Univ., Maxwell AFB, AL. Air Force Research Inst.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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