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History and 21st Century US Naval Strategy

  • Welcome

    July 17, 2019 by

    This blog aims to contribute to understanding the history of the US Navy during the Cold War and to draw lessons from that and earlier periods for the current era of great power competition. I’m examining and evaluating some of the major components of what might together constitute a 21st century Maritime Strategy. I’m a political… Read more

  • About the Author

    July 17, 2019 by

    I’m a political scientist who worked at the Center for Naval Analyses (1969-99) with a group that supported and critiqued ONI and OPNAV planners and analyzed the Soviet military press. I directed the group 1974-89. I retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve after service in Naval Intelligence. This blog aims to contribute to… Read more

  • Global Blockade vs. Russia

    February 22, 2020 by

    NOTE: This post has been rethought, revised and given a new title, Global Embargo vs. Russia. Introductory Note This post has been modified to examine the possible nuclear implications of a successful embargo and now includes a new section on war termination—a phrase we don’t generally think about as much as we should. If analysis… Read more

  • Strategic ASW in 2019 – A Stunningly Bad Idea

    February 16, 2020 by

    Purpose To assess the desirability of strategic ASW as a wartime mission of the Navy today and for the foreseeable future. The mission is defined as attacking Russian SSBNs to alter the intercontinental nuclear balance in the favor of the US on behalf of larger purposes. During the Cold War these strategic purposes included: 1)… Read more

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