Land Force Roles in the Western Pacific: Anti-Access/Area Denial

  • September 01, 2014
  • Dr. Peter G. Laky

The evolving Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environment facing U.S. military power is a rational evolution of the characteristics of war. A2/AD strategies are designed to deny the U.S. and its allies permissive access and operating environments to project military power. China is developing A2/AD capabilities intended to deny opponents the ability to interfere with its own regional power projection. Future conflict with China would likely be limited war characterized by mutual denial of the global commons in maritime, space and cyber and domains and the mutual ability to strike and inflict hurt. Land forces with counter-A2/AD capabilities can exert power across all conflict domains asymmetric to China’s evolving platform-focused A2/AD threats to strategic effect and can serve as a powerful component of the military support to U.S. strategy in this region.