Innovation in operations by the Air Force, particularly geared toward expanding airpower diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region, can help protect security interests and should progress despite the budget limitations of sequestration, write Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn, Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Garretson and Dr. Adam Lowther of the Air Force Research Institute. Strategic airpower diplomacy that includes interaction with local populations can strengthen existing alliances and build new relationships in the region, they argue.

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