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1 October, 2011 Air Force Association Future Investment Strategies For the US Military 1

2 Budget Realities Require Reduced Federal Spending 2 Sources: President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2012; Eurostat Administration Projection Potential

3 Casualties are a Key Strategic Issue CORRELATION OF U.S. CASUALTIES IN KOREA WITH PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS U.S. INVOLVEMENT NATIONAL OPINION RESEARCH CENTER: DO YOU THINK THE U.S. WAS RIGHT TO SEND TROOPS TO STOP THE COMUNIST INVASION OF SOUTH KOREA (YES) GALLUP POLL: DO YOU THINK THE U.S. MADE A MISTAKE IN GOING TO WAR IN KOREA (NO) U.S. ARMY-MARINE CASUALTIES George Ball Briefing Chart to President Johnson and NSC, July 21, 1965 Source: M. Lorell, et. al., Casualties, Public Opinion, and Presidential Policy During the Vietnam War, RAND, 1986 Casualty Concerns Remain A Significant US Strategic Vulnerability George Ball Undersecretary of State

4 Adversaries Strategy…. Inflict More Pain Than US Population Can Bear 4 "You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, but in the end, you will tire of it first." — Ho Chi Minh “We had patience in our fighting with the Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years. We exhausted their economy, so they disappeared. We will not abandon our fight until the weapons run out.” — Osama Bin Laden Adversaries Attempt to Prolong Fighting and Impose Casualties “Yours is a society which cannot accept 10,000 dead in one battle." — Saddam Hussein “You are not willing to sacrifice lives to achieve our surrender. But we are willing to die to defend our rights as an independent sovereign nation” — Slobodan Milosevic

5 Global Proliferation of Improvised Explosives 5 Widespread Effect for Minimal Cost Combatants Cost One GCV ~$10-15 M = Cost of an Estate in DC One IED~$200 = Cost of an Iphone* *w/2 yr contract

6 US is Losing Precision Weapons Monopoly 6 What Happens When the Bad Guys Don’t Miss….. What if……. This GuyCould Hit This 5 Km From Anywhere in Here Precision Guided Weapons Will be Coming to a Battlefield Near You…… Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) 120mm Guided Mortar

7 Ground Forces Sustain Majority of Casualties 7 Ground Forces Naval Forces Air Forces Korea135,7052,2331,920 Vietnam201,2666,7443,517 Persian Gulf War Iraq35, Afghanistan14, Major Conflicts387,25910,1386,350 Casualties (Killed and Wounded) US Ground Engagements Are Unpopular and Unlikely in the Near Future

8 8 “…In this effort, the United States is prepared to act as part of an international coalition. … The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya. And we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal.” President Barack Obama March 18, 2011 Future Presidents Could Be Reluctant to Engage Ground Troops

9 The Libyan Intervention 9 March 2011 September 2011 Libya Demonstrated That Without Control of the Air a Large Army was Defeated by a Militia Libya Demonstrated That Without Control of the Air a Large Army was Defeated by a Militia

10 Airstrikes Most Efficient Tool Against Al Qaeda 10 Number of CAPs estimated based on the proportion of total deployed forces in Afghanistan. 9 Senior Al Qaeda Killed/Captured 63 Ground Personnel Afghanistan Predator/Reaper Personnel

11 Scorecard of How the US Chooses to Fight….. Operation El Dorado Canyon The first (decisive) 90 percent of Operation Desert Storm Operation Southern Watch Operation Provide Comfort Operation Northern Watch Operation Deny Flight (Bosnia) Operation Deliberate Force (Bosnia 1995) Operation Desert Fox (Iraq 1998) Operation Allied Force (Kosovo 1999) The “take down” phase of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2001) Unified Protector (Libya 2011) Ongoing Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and the Horn of Africa 11 Successful (Most Objectives Met/Low Casualties) Unsuccessful (Most Objectives NOT Met/High Casualties) Primarily Air Operations Primarily Ground Operations Vietnam Beirut 1983 Somalia 1993 Afghanistan post-2001? Iraq post-2003? Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada 1983) Operation Just Cause (Panama 1989) Operation Restore Democracy (Haiti 1994) Operation Eagle Claw (1980 Iran Hostage Rescue) Operation Infinite Reach (Strikes in response to Africa Embassy Bombings) A N A L Y S I S C E N T E R

12 Aerial Robot Armies What if the US could intervene with little or no cost in casualties or treasury Air armadas could decisively determine the winners and losers of conflicts Airpower has the ability to strike anyone, anywhere…… Unmanned airpower is the most cost effective way to influence world events* 12 *CSBA Report: Changing the Business of Defense, Oct2011 See the Enemy From 60,000 ft Kill the Enemy In Benign Threat Environment Or Kill the Enemy When He Doesn’t Know You are Here UAVs “Go Out There and Die for Their Country -- and We Don't Mourn.” General Michael Ryan, CSAF, Feb UAVs “Go Out There and Die for Their Country -- and We Don't Mourn.” General Michael Ryan, CSAF, Feb 1999.

13 The Post-Cold War Drawdown % -20% -28% Congressional Budget Office 1997 Largely Equal Share Reductions Across the Services

14 Future National Security Strategy Technology has disproportionally effected each of the services –Air Power is much more effective and US holds a distinct advantage –Ground Power is becoming increasingly vulnerable Given the history of conflicts over the last 20 years would an “equal cut” result in giving the President the best options to deal with future conflict? 14 US 1940s US 2010s US 2030s ?

15 Backup…… 15

16 High Threat Conflict Long Range Airpower is the Only Way to Deal with China…. 16 “Europe is a landscape; East Asia is a seascape. Therein lies a crucial difference between the 20 th and 21 st centuries.” Robert D. Kaplan

17 Medium Threat Conflict: Airpower Offers Cost Effective Containment $13 billion $806 billion $B FY12 Operations Northern and Southern Watch with Limited Strikes Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn A N A L Y S I S C E N T E R

18 In a Constrained Environment….. What is The Future of Modern Warfare? 18 Air-Centric Power Projection, Range, Limited Vulnerability Limited Ground Engagements Ground-Centric Defeat, Hold, Win Hearts and Minds Large Land Army, Enabling Air and Naval Power What Should the US Choose When it Can’t Afford to Do Both?

19 Decline of the Post-WWII International Order International trade, financial, security and political institutions founded by the US and close allies in wake of WWII under increasing strain Distribution of economic, military and financial power vastly different with change accelerating US and traditional allies increasingly lack resources to stabilize established systems Rising powers expect changes to international system in accord with their values and increasing capabilities China Indonesia Nigeria Colombia Algeria Russia India Australia USA Jordan Mexico Lebanon UK Philippines Tunisia Taiwan Israel Japan France Germany Italy Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook, In Constant $ 2009 Real Growth in International Military Spending From 2000 to 2010


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