Air Force must maintain deterrence on two fronts, says Brown

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Air Force must maintain deterrence on two fronts, says Brown

Three US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons fly behind a KC-135 during a NATO Multinational Air Group exercise over Germany.

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Even with Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine, the Air Force and its European allies will also be keeping tabs on threats close to peers in the Indo-Pacific, the Chief of State said. service major on July 28.

Part of the Air Force’s strategy for countering China and its advanced military capabilities is integrated deterrence, which relies on working with U.S. allies and partners to train and position forces around the world, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. said at a Center for a New American Security event.

But when asked if he feared Europe was diverting resources from the Indo-Pacific in response to Russian military activity in Ukraine, Brown said his conversations with European air chiefs focused on how to deal with threats in both areas.

“They think a bit like us, we need to be able to think more broadly and not just in one region,” he said. “When we think about each of our domestic titles, it’s not just impacted by one part of the world, but much more global.”

While the Defense Ministry sees Beijing as its main long-term military competitor, it has called Russia an “acute threat” given its invasion of Ukraine in February. The Pentagon has since sent additional U.S. personnel and supplies to European allies to bolster force posture, including F-22 Raptors jets deployed to the continent this week.

At the same time, the Air Force is advancing with several new technologies and concepts of operations to create a competitive advantage over China, Brown said. This includes advancing the service’s advanced combat management system — the service’s contribution to the joint command and control effort of all areas of the Pentagon — as well as conducting various war games to understand the capabilities the service might need in the future, he said.

To win in the Indo-Pacific, the service must also change how it handles logistics on large amounts of water in the region, Brown said.

“In future conflicts, we may not have time to build as we have done in past conflicts. So the area I’m looking at is how to pre-position capacity,” he said.

This could mean longer deployment times for personnel and equipment in the region that can be used for exercises, humanitarian assistance as well as generating combat power in the event of conflict, he said. .

“It adds to our ability to react quickly and be agile,” he said.

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