The development of a modern amphibious doctrine is essential for Army operations in the Pacific.
Despite surging conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, the United States remains committed to a reordering of U.S. strategic priorities to the Pacific region.After nearly a decade of conflict in the greater Middle East, President Barack Obama announced the shift in November 2011. Although this “pivot” (also referred to as “rebalance”) largely focuses on increasing U.S. trade with Asia, the policy change has dramatically influenced the strategic direction of U.S. military activities. “Air-Sea Battle” was introduced in 2010 as the new doctrine to guide future military operations in the Pacific theater. Unlike land–centric Air Land Battle and counterinsurgency doctrine, Air-Sea Battle places primacy on aerospace and maritime warfare. Although the Pentagon dropped the controversial Air-Sea Battle name in January, the concept remains in place as the Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons. A new doctrine, with a new name, that will fully reflect the role for U.S. land forces in the Pacfic is to be issued by the end of the year.