May 16

Past Event

Air-Sea Battle Doctrine: A Discussion with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief of Naval Operations

Event Materials

Video

Highlights

  • Air-Sea Battle: A Global Concept

    General Norton A. Schwartz, U.S. Air Force: Air-Sea Battle is a global concept consistent with the globalized environment; it is agnostic with regard to specific regions of the world and is intended to assure access wherever our wide-ranging strategi

  • More Cooperation Needed Among the Services

    General Norton A. Schwartz, U.S. Air Force: In this fiscally constrained environment, one of the imperatives for the Air-Sea Battle concept to reach its potential is moderated parochial tendencies amongst the services and enhanced cooperative efforts

  • The Advantages of Air-Sea Battle

    Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy: Strategically, Air-Sea Battle can help deter adversaries, reassure our partners and allies by demonstrating the ability to honor our security commitments and to be able to act worldwide for humanitarian assist

  • A Useful Framework

    Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy: At this national security inflection point, Air-Sea Battle is a framework for us to organize to train and equip their efforts and provides an effective and efficient way ahead.

Full Event

  • Air-Sea Battle Doctrine

    This is the full video for our May 16 event with Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert.

Audio

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Summary

The Persian Gulf War marked a new era in American power projection. While during the Cold War the United States and its allies faced the Soviet threat from forward bases at Russia’s near abroad, Operation Desert Storm showed that U.S. forces could quickly amass at an adversary’s doorstep and project power into adversary territory. This American way of war, however, is under threat from sophisticated anti-access and area denial systems such as ballistic and cruise missiles, submarine, mines, and cyber or anti-satellite attack. To maintain American freedom of action in 2010, the Department of the Navy and Department of the Air Force developed the Air-Sea Battle Concept.

On May 16, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted these departments’ most senior military officers, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, for a discussion of the Air-Sea Battle Concept and their joint efforts to assure access and maintain stability.

Senior Fellow Peter W. Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings, provided introductory remarks, and Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

Details

May 16, 2012

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

Falk Auditorium

The Brookings Institution

1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

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