If there were a first rule of Air-Sea Battle (ASB), it should be: “Do not talk about Air-Sea Battle.” The cloud of confusion and criticism surrounding the concept is undermining this Department of Defense 21st-century warfare initiative. When the world’s only superpower announces something called “Air-Sea Battle,” the rest of the world listens, and the DOD must get it right. Failure to correct current misunderstandings about the idea could lead to unintended and unwanted consequences counter to U.S. strategic interests. It is time for Air-Sea Battle 2.0, and step one is changing the name.
The First Rule of Air-Sea Battle
When it comes to the much-discussed concept, misconceptions abound; the first thing to fix may be the nomenclature itself.
By Commander David Forman, U.S. Navy