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 analyze 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 Carol Abraham
Part III: The Eastern Indian Ocean and the Indian Sub-Continent
10. The Eastern Indian Ocean Richard Bitzinger
11. India Harish Masand
12. Pakistan Kaiser Tufail
Part IV: The Western Indian Ocean
13. Iran David D. Palkki, Steven L. Watts, II, and 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
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).