I'm handling the Air/Naval forces for the US.
Most air assets would be deploying from the Continental United States, but we could have heavy bombers on scene flying from CONUS within hours. The
B-52s would fly out of Barksdale Louisiana, and Minot North Dakota. The B-2s would fly out of Whiteman, Missouri, and the B-1s would launch from
Dyess AFB, Texas, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, Mountain Home AFB Indiana, Robbins AFB, Georgia, and McConnell AFB Kansas.
Current numbers of Bombers:
B-52 94. 85 wth Active Duty forces, and 9 with USAF Reserve forces. All are B-52H models. Older airframes, but all have flown 35+ hour missions in
support of forces in the Middle East.
The B-52H, with a weapons payload of more than 70,000lb, is capable of carrying the most diverse range of weapons of any combat aircraft.
The nuclear weapons capacity includes twelve AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMS), 20 AGM-86A Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM) and eight bombs.
The conventional weapons payload is eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 x 500lb bombs, 30 x 1,000lb bombs, 20 AGM-86C
Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles (CALCM), 12 Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW), 12 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and 16 Wind Corrected
Munitions Dispenser (WCMD). WCMD was first deployed by the B-52 in 2002 in Afghanistan. JSOW entered service in 2003 and was deployed during Operation
Iraqi Freedom. The B-52 will be the first aircraft to be equipped with the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), which was cleared for
operational use in October 2003.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom in April 2003, a B-52 was fitted with the Northrop Grumman Litening II laser targeting pod, which was used to strike
targets in Northern Iraq.
The B-52H can also deliver 51 x 500lb, 30 x 1,000lb and 20 x 2,000lb navy mines.
B-2 21, all with Active Duty forces at Whiteman AFB Missouri.
Up to 80,000 lb including 16 B61/B83 nuclear bombs, 80 Mk82 1,000 lb bombs or 16 Mk84 2,000 lb bombs, 36 M117 750 lb fire bombs, 36 cluster bombs, or
80 Mk36 1,000 lb sea mines
The B-2 has flown combat over Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Afghanistan with no aircraft damaged. The Spirit uses EM, acoustic, and infrared suppression
systems to make it harder to detect during combat missions. It's not impossible to detect, just very difficult, making the odds of survival for
secondary strikes much higher than in conventional bombers.
During the conflict in Afghanistan, B-2s launched from Whiteman, flew to their targets and dropped their payload, recovering in Diego Garcia in the
Indian Ocean, to change crews, without even shutting down their engines, after which the new crew would fly back to Whiteman. Total mission time was
between 30 and 50 hours.
B-1B 65 with Active Duty Forces
24 GBU-31 GPS-aided JDAM (both Mk-84 general purpose bombs and BLU-109 penetrating bombs) or 24 Mk-84 2,000-pound general purpose bombs; 8 Mk-85 naval
mines; 84 Mk-82 500-pound general purpose bombs; 84 Mk-62 500-pound naval mines; 30 CBU-87, -89, -97 cluster munitions; 30 CBU-103/104/105 WCMD, 24
AGM-158 JASSMs or 12 AGM-154 JSOW
The B-1B is a supersonic low altitude bomber originally developed in the 1970s. It currently holds 50 records for speed, payload, range, and time to
climb in its class, and has seen service in Afghanistan, and Iraq It has a semi-low observable capability, but is not a true stealth aircraft.
Within 48-72 hours, the USAF is capable of having several hundred tactical bombers, and air superiority fighters on scene. Examples of this include
the F-15 Eagle (A/C for air superiority, E for tactical bombing), F-16 Falcon, A-10 Warthog, and F-117 Nighthawk. The F-117 being the USAFs stealthy
F-15A/C-342 (The F-15 in all models has a 95-0 kill ratio in combat with various operators)
With tanker support the heavy bombers can launch with impunity from the US mainland and the tactical bombers can launch from further away from their
targets, reducing the risk of attack to their airbases.
The US Navy has five nuclear powered aircraft carriers in the Pacific, and one non-nuclear powered carrier based in Japan that would be used for a
conflict in Asia.
USS Carl Vinson
USS Abraham Lincoln
USS John C Stennis
USS Ronald Regan.
Not all five are available at the same time, due to at least one being in refit/refueling at any given time.
With the carriers will be a battlegroup of escorts.
11 Aegis Cruisers with Vertical Launch Systems for their missiles.
2 Aegis Cruisers without VLS
9 Arleigh Burke class Aegis Destroyers (Flight IIA)
13 Arleigh Burke class Aegis Destroyer (Flight 1/II)
12 Oliver Hazard Perry class Frigates (including Naval Reserve Fleet)
9 Ohio class SSBN Ballistic Missile sumarines
2 Ohio class SSGN guided missile submarines
25 Los Angelas class Fast Attack sumarines
6 Carrier Air Wings available to deploy on aircraft carriers
A CAW consists of strike aircraft, fighter aircraft for escort/carrier defense, antisubmarine aircraft, helicopters, and delivery planes.
This is the most current OOB for the Pacific forces that I am able to find. (OOB Order Of Battle)
This is only direct combat OOB for the USAF. There are multiple cargo/tanker aircraft that would be involved with deploying forces to the Asian
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