The AirSea Battle plan is meant to form a permanent strategic relationship between air and naval forces, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in a speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2010. Schwartz said AirSea Battle will help the United States overcome aggressors' attempts to deny access to areas of the world so that the nation may continue to operate "wherever our national interests may lie." Accordingly, he said the plan "must be inculcated" into the US military's joint culture. Here, a B-52 bomber leads a formation of F-16 fighters and Navy EA-6B electronic attack aircraft during an exercise over Guam, Feb. 10, 2009.
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