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Gen. Carlisle said the Navy and the Air Force are moving a majority of forces to the Pacific. The Navy is deploying 60 percent of its warships to the region.

“The Air Force is turning to that in the Pacific,” he said, noting the addition of 12 F-22s at Japan’s Kadena Air Base and 24 F-16s in South Korea to bolster jets already based there.

Half of all U.S. F-22s, which the Pentagon has said would be the lead aircraft in any conflict with China, are now deployed in the Asia Pacific in Alaska and Hawaii.

Long-range Global Hawk drones also are based in the region, and B-2 and B-52 bombers are rotated regularly to Guam.

Another part of the U.S. military buildup in the Pacific is the addition of special operations forces. Gen. Carlisle said the Air Force will deploy new tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey aircraft to transport special forces in the Pacific.

“In a lot of ways, we’ll increasingly move south and west with the rotational presence — Darwin, Tindal, [in Australia], Changi East in Singapore, Korat in Thailand, Trivandrum in India,” Gen. Carlisle said.

On Air Sea Battle, the goal is better war-fighting integration, he said.

“That is what Air Sea Battle is all about. It is cross-domain coordination; it’s cross-domain capabilities,” Gen. Carlisle said. “It’s the ability to do it in a denied and contested environment.”

War games by the Navy and Air Force are working to flesh out the Air Sea Battle concept.

“It’s done some great work in looking at kill chains and how to do cross-domain ops,” he said. “But now we’ve got to bring it into the Air Force and the fleet and the Marines and the Army, and actually exercise it and start working it.”

Homeland missile defense

After more than four years of focusing U.S. missile defenses in Europe, the Obama administration appears to be shifting its missile defenses to defend the U.S. homeland.

One reason, according to the director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, is North Korea’s deployment of a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, known as the KN-08.

Vice Adm. James D. Syring outlined the shift during a presentation to a missile defense conference in Alabama on Aug. 14.

According to slides of his talk, among several changes in U.S. missile defenses is “the emergence of North Korean road mobile ICBM[s],” along with “increased attention to homeland defense.”

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