The Armed Forces of the USA in the Asia-Pacific Region

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US Air Force and US Space Command
In 1997 the US Air Force celebrated its 50th anniversary as a separate service. Due to highly publicized aspects of its performance during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Air Force has often been the premier symbol of American military superiority in the post-Cold War era. This chapter examines the mission, organization, strategic vision, force structure and capabilities of the US Air Force and the related US Space Command, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.
MISSION AND ORGANIZATION
In 1947 the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the US Army to become a separate service, as mandated by the National Security Act of that same year. The mission of the US Air Force is 'to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air and space'. 1 Teamed with the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the Air Force is prepared to fight and win any war if deterrence fails. In keeping with its mission, the Air Force is responsible for providing:
aircraft and missile forces necessary to prevent or fight a general war
land-based air forces needed to establish air superiority, interdict the enemy and provide air support of ground forces in combat
the primary aerospace forces for the defense of the United States against air and missile attack
the primary airlift capability for use by all of the nation's military services

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Tables, Figures and Maps viii
  • Glossary of Acronyms ix
  • Preface xvii
  • Metric Conversion Table xx
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - A Brief History of the Us Military Presence 6
  • Summary 29
  • 2 - Us Interests and Strategic Policy 30
  • 3 - National Command and Control and Us Pacific Command 65
  • 4 - Us Base Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific Region 82
  • Summary 97
  • 5 - Us Nuclear Forces 99
  • 6 - Us Navy and Us Marine Corps 122
  • 7 - Us Air Force and Us Space Command 157
  • Summary 182
  • 8 - Us Army and Us Special Operations Command 184
  • Summary 211
  • 9 - The Future of Us Armed Forces 212
  • Summary 234
  • 10 - Conclusion 235
  • Appendix 252
  • Notes 256
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 293
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