In discussions of the so-called Asia pivot, the roles of the U.S. Navy and Air Force have been prominent, especially given the Pentagon’s development of the Air-Sea Battle concept. But the U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific cannot be reduced to Air-Sea Battle. The strategic rebalancing is a collective effort that spans all federal departments and all branches of the military. The Army, in particular, has a significant, if less understood, role to play.
In determining the respective roles of the Army, Air Force and Navy in the Asia-Pacific, policymakers must keep in mind the larger picture of the pivot’s objectives: to protect U.S. interests in the region and to manage China’s rise. The U.S. Army can contribute to these goals through its forward-positioned units, which can support both U.S diplomacy and a U.S deterrence strategy in both the military and political domains. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Strategic Horizons: U.S. Will Draw Back From Middle East, But How Far?
- Global Insights: Hagel Visit Shows Limits of U.S. Agenda in Afghanistan, Pakistan
- OPEC Faces Perfect Storm of Global Supply Glut, Internal Tensions
- Japan Boosts Efforts to Curb China's Counterfeiting
- India-Israel Ties Complicated by Iran Opening, Shifting Defense Priorities