Air Power in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific: Understanding Regional Security Dynamics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Air Power in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific

Understanding Regional Security Dynamics, 1st Edition

Edited by Howard M. Hensel


368 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the security dynamics of the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, concentrating upon an analysis and evaluation of the air power capabilities of the various powers active in the two regions.

The volume is designed to help improve understanding of the heritage and contemporary challenges confronting the global community in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, as well as to illuminate the policies of the various powers involved in the affairs of these regions, and the military capabilities that are available in support of those policies. The 16 individual chapters examine both the traditional and the non-traditional threats that confront the various Indian Ocean and Western Pacific powers, and assess the roles played by land-based and naval, fixed-wing and rotary-wing, manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as by offensively and defensively capable ballistic and cruise missiles in addressing these challenges. In doing so, the various chapters analyse and evaluate the air power doctrine, capabilities, deployment patterns, and missions of the respective states. In addition, they assess the future issues, challenges, and responses involving air power as it, acting in concert with other military instruments, seeks to contribute to securing and promoting the interests of the state.

This book will be of much interest to students of air power, strategic studies, Asian and Middle Eastern politics, and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction Howard M. Hensel

Part I: The Global Powers

1. Russia Alexey Muraviev and Alexandr Burilkov

2. The People’s Republic of China Xiaoming Zhang

3. The United States Rebecca Grant

4. The European Powers Douglas Carl Peifer

Part II: The Western Pacific

5. North Korea Daniel A. Pinkston

6. South Korea Kevin Madden

7. Japan John F Bradford and Bret Perry

8. Southeast Asia Maria Ortuoste and Zenel Garcia

9. New Zealand Air Commodore Carol Abraham

Part III: The Eastern Indian Ocean and the Indian Sub-Continent

10. The Eastern Indian Ocean Richard Bitzinger

11. India Air Marshal Harish Masand

12. Pakistan Air Commodore Kaiser Tufail

Part IV: The Western Indian Ocean

13. Iran David D. Palkki, Colonel Steven L. Watts, II, and Lt. Col. William C. Tatum

14. The Gulf Cooperation Council Joseph Kechichian

15. The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden Asher Orkaby

16. South Africa Theo Neethling

Conclusion Howard M. Hensel

About the Editor

Howard M. Hensel is Professor of Strategy at the Air War College, USA. His previously published books include Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific (2018) and Naval Powers in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific (2018).

About the Series

Military Strategy and Operational Art

Military Strategy and Operational Art
The Ashgate Series on Military Strategy and Operational Art analyzes and assesses the synergistic interrelationship between joint and combined military operations, national military strategy, grand strategy, and national political objectives in peacetime, as well as during periods of armed conflict. In doing so, the series highlights how various patterns of civil-military relations, as well as styles of political and military leadership influence the outcome of armed conflicts. In addition, the series highlights both the advantages and challenges associated with the joint and combined use of military forces involved in humanitarian relief, nation building, and peacekeeping operations, as well as across the spectrum of conflict extending from limited conflicts fought for limited political objectives to total war fought for unlimited objectives. Finally, the series highlights the complexity and challenges associated with insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, as well as conventional operations and operations involving the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. Scholars and practitioners in the fields of politico-military history, international relations, and national security policy are invited to contribute to this new series as well as faculty at senior and intermediate level service schools involved in professional military education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / Military / Aviation
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security