Short Articles

 

Date of Pub (y/m/d) Primary Author Full Title Key Areas Main Observations
20131231 Alcazar, Col Vincent and Lafleur, Col Thomas M. A Role for Land Warfare Forces in Overcoming A2AD  - NEW A2AD
US
Land
The 9-page article suggests that US land warfafre forces have an essential role in mitigating A2AD by bolstering steady state shaping, enhancing deterrence, and ensuring that in an A2AD conflict the joint force commander has fully developed, prepared, versatile, and tailorable options.
20130516 Greenert, Adm Jonathan &
Welsh, Gen Mark
Breaking the Kill Chain: How to Keep America in the Game when Our Enemies are Trying to Shut Us Out ASB
US
The 8-page article by the leading proponents of ASB serves to provide an update on building a truly "joint" force, and keep up the momentum of the ASB concept in three main ways: compelling institutional change, fostering conceptual alignment, and promoting programmatic collaboration.
20130401 Schanz, Marc V. Air Sea Battle's Battle ASB
US
The 5-page article explains how the air and maritime concept is maturing, but must fight off interservice rivalries and Pentagon politics.
20130401 Taylor, Brendan et al - Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) A New Flank: Fresh Perspectives for the Next Defence White Paper Australia
Defence
The 12-page document features six upcoming SDSC academics offering new ideas for Australia's Defence White Paper 2013.
20130315 Dupont. Alan National Security Dilemma: New Threats, Old Responses Australia The 5-page article suggests that while an Australian  national security strategy was outlined earlier in 2013, it is little more than a declaration of intent. Without the funding to match, it is not a strategy but a recipe for confusion, inaction and ultimately, insecurity.
20130301 Ross, Robert S. The US Pivot to Asia and Implications for Australia US
Australia
China
The 2-page article argues that the US pivot to Asia has been a largely strategic/military initiative, that it has contributed to a decrease in regional security and that Australia needs to be cautious in how it responds to the pivot to ensure its national interests.
20130207 Lyon, Rod and
Channer, Hayley
Strategic Interests and Australian Grand Strategy (ASPI Policy Analysis) Australia
Strategy
The 4-page article suggests that Australia's most important strategic interest is generating and sustaining a world whose make-up is characterised by the presence of many other liberal, democratic states.
20130201 Bitzinger, Richard A. and Raska, Michael The Air Sea Battle Debate and the Future of Conflict in East Asia ASB
US
China
The 7-page policy brief comments on the what and why of ASB, as well as suggesting that US allies need to explore, benchmark and debate the applicability and implications of the ASB debate in terms of their own evolving strategic narratives and military innovation paths.
20121101 Krepinevich, Andrew F. Strategy in a Time of Austerity: Why the Pentagon Should Focus on Assuring Access A2AD
US
Strategy
The 8-page article suggests that the Pentagon needs to turn its strategic focus away from repelling traditional cross-border invasions and pursuing regime change followed by stability operations, and concentrate on assuring access to key regions and the global commons.
20121101 Medcalf, Rory - Lowy Institute for International Policy Pivoting the Map: Australia's Indo-Pacific System Australia
China
The 5-page article discusses the relevance of the Indo-Pacific concept to Australian policy makers, and addresses a crucial policy question: where, how and on what terms should China be included in an Indo-Pacific order and security arrangements within that order.
20121001 Fitzgerald, Mark Delivering Air Sea Battle ASB
A2AD
The 3-page article looks at three challenges to be examined in order to define the systems to provide "networked, integrated attack-in-depth" capabilities.
20120910 US DOD  Capstone Concept for Joint Operations: Joint Force 2020 US Joint
Defence
The 16-page document describes potential operational concepts through which the Joint Force of 2020 will defend the US.  Its purpose is to guide US force development as called for in Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defence.
20120901 Kline, Jeffrey and Hughes, Wayne Between Peace and the Air Sea Battle: A War at Sea Strategy US
ASB
Strategy
The 6-page war-at-sea strategy aims to provide US political leadership less intrusive ways to deter war and inspire allied engagement in peace.
20120823 Bitzinger, Richard A. Air Sea Battle: Old Wine in New Bottles? ASB
A2AD
RMA
The 2-page article finds that ASB is short on specifics, and wonders whether ASB is simply a ploy to repackage the 'revolution in military affairs' (RMA) as a “new” warfighting concept.
20120823 Raska, Michael Decoding the Air Sea Battle Concept: Operational Consequences and Allied Concerns ASB
Australia
US
China
The 2-page article indicates that US allies have varying perceptions and concerns, while the growing emphasis on the ASB has overshadowed conceptual alternatives and counterarguments within the US military.
20120516 Schwartz, Gen Norton & Greenert, Adm Jonathan Air Sea Battle Doctrine: A Discussion with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief of Naval Operations ASB The 44-page transcript captures discussions on strategy, ASB, and A2AD with the featured speakers, namely, Gen Schwartz and Adm Greenert.  They were quick to indicate that ASB is more a concept, than a doctrine or strategy.
20120516 Hammes, T.X. and
McGrath, Bryan
Asia and the Future of American Strategy OC
ASB
Strategy
The 25-page transcript captures the arguments and comments of the two speakers regarding what they think American defence strategy should be in the Pacific.
20120401 Hammes, T.X. Offshore Control (OC): A Proposed Strategy Strategy
OC
Escalation
The 5-page article argues that the US must look beyond the ASB concept and develop a workable strategy.  It is suggested that OC provides a strategy for conflict termination on terms acceptable to the US and its allies.
20120201 Babic, Marko Pacific Pivot Point ASB
Canada
A2AD
The 3-page article discusses ASB and A2AD, and suggests that Canadian leaders must adjust to a changed international security environment and ensure that national ends (policy), and military ways (concepts of operation) and means (capabilities) are balanced enough to enable Canada's ability to play a pivotal role in its own sphere.
20120112 Rovner, Joshua Air Sea Battle and Escalation Risks ASB
Escalation
The 5-page brief evaluates the pros/cons of ASB as it might be applied in a conflict between China and the US.
20120105 US DOD  Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense US Joint
Defence
The 8-page US Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG) describes the projected security environment and the key missions for which DOD will prepare.  It is intended as a blueprint for the Joint Force in 2020, and highlights some of the strategic risks with the proposed strategy.
20111029 Small Wars Journal AirSeaLand Battle: Access Assured, Area Un-Denied US
China
ASB
Land
The 14-page article suggests AirSeaLand operational plans (i.e., joint and interagency collaboration) in the Pacific will remedy ASB A2AD exaggerations while assuring order and making unlikely conflict even less probable.
20111001 Schanz, Marc V. Air Sea Battle's Turbulent Year ASB
A2AD
The 5-page article suggests that the A2AD threat, vast distances in the western Pacific, and unrelenting budget pressures have forced the largest push for USAF and naval integration since the end of the Cold war.
20110321 Fisher, Richard D. Jr and
Sweetman, Bill
Too Little, Too Late: Air Sea Battle Concept May Lag China's Capabilities ASB
US
China
The 3-page article discusses ASB, some of China's growing capabilities, and US options in response.
20110217 US DOD  Air Sea Battle Air Warfare Symposium with LGen Hawk Carlisle ASB
US
The 8-page transcript highlights the focus of the USAF and USN to increase integration and interoperability by being integrated from the outset in a material difference.  It also alludes to the classified when one looks at the kill chains; they can be broken down to one or two places to effect a dominance for a period of time.
20100801 Halloran, Richard Air Sea Battle: A New Operational Concept ASB
US
China
Australia
The 5-page article discusses a new operational concept that looks to prepare the US and its allies to deter or defeat Chinese power, noting that the US will rely on allies in the Pacific and Asia, notably Japan and Australia.
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