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Norton Schwartz: ‘Air-Sea Battle’ Focused on Tactics, Technology

Norton Schwartz
Norton Schwartz

Norton Schwartz, former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, says the goal of the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle operational concept is to learn how to operate against warfare based on new technologies, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

Sydney Freedberg writes the concept emerged in 2008 during conversations between Schwartz and then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead, both of whom were concerned about emerging long-range threats to the U.S. at that time.

Schwartz told Breaking Defense Air-Sea Battle applies to challenges in North Korea and military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, among other areas.

“The focus of Air-Sea Battle was pragmatic,” said Schwartz. “The question is where do you get the most return in investment [with] the broadest applicability.

He added that Air-Sea Battle also applies disaster relief and other non-combat operations because the effort primarily focuses on military tactics, communications technology and training.

Schwartz also told Breaking Defense the initiative aims to help the Air Force and Navy eliminate redundant programs.

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