The Navy is at the forefront of the U.S. rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region, a fundamentally maritime domain with contested global commons. This “pivot” builds on decades of a strong regional presence and long-standing alliances and partnerships with countries in the vicinity. To be effective, however, the rebalance must incorporate “brains” in addition to “brawn.” While the Navy has strengthened its presence in the Pacific by increasing its rotational force deployments, basing more ships and aircraft forward, and fielding new capabilities, its efforts to enhance its intellectual capital are still underreported, under-resourced, and too often undervalued. But this is beginning to change, due in large part to the efforts of the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
The Rebalance Requires Brains, Not Just Brawn
The U.S. Navy needs a comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable plan to develop and deploy more regional experts to the Asia-Pacific region.
By Commander Tuan N. Pham, U.S. Navy