28 Sep '14, 9pm

Air-Sea Battle concept exercised by US in the Pacific @ASPI_org @SeaPowerCentre @LowyInstitute ht…

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin maneuvers alongside the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Pecos to conduct a replenishment-at-sea during Valiant Shield 2014. Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — While the United States may welcome China’s peaceful rise, last week’s Valiant Shield exercise over the western Pacific Ocean plainly showed that Washington is hedging its bets on the “peaceful” part. The U.S. military training brought 18,000 U.S. servicemembers together to fight a sophisticated enemy trying to block U.S. access to international waters and airspace. Exercise officials scrupulously avoided any indication that this imagined enemy was any particular nation. Such is the diplomatic dance involved with China, America’s second- largest trading partner behind Canada. However, China is the only nation in the Asia-Pacifi...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/analysts-air-sea-battle-conce...

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