JAPCC Provides Support to Air Integration into Amphibious Operations at the AMPHIBOPSWG 2017
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, July 2017. JAPCC supported the annual Amphibious Operations Working Group, hosted by the US at the Armed Forces Recreation Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in July 2017. The AMPHIBOPSWG meets annually to address interoperability of nations with amphibious forces (systems as well as procedures), improve doctrine which supports this interoperability, and to shape the NATO exercise program to further stress interoperability aspects of amphibious as it relates to joint warfare. CAPT Perkins, USA-N, represents the JAPCC at the AMPHIBOPS WG and provides air expertise to inform the process of bringing together the various surface, air, maritime and land components of amphibious warfare. The JAPCC and the US are working together to prepare NATO for the arrival of 5th generation technology within the amphibious force, as many NATO nations will soon see the STOVL variant of the F-35 Lightning-II. The JAPCC Journal, Transforming Joint Air Power, has covered this topic in detail with articles in the last 3 editions (Journals 22, 23 and 24 available at https://www.japcc.org/journals/), providing NATO a roadmap of significant issues to consider to improve both command and control as well as to smoothly integrate the capabilities of the F-35B. These recommendations further provide an underpinning to many conversations regarding the joint aspect of amphibious warfare helping transform NATO’s warfighting ability in this crucial enabling domain.