Clio’s Musings:

History and 21st Century US Naval Strategy

  • About the Author

    June 13, 2020 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

  • Welcome

    May 16, 2020 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. You can access the posts here or above in the menu. Propulsion Disablers – A Game-Changing Opportunity and Possible Mortal Threat… Read more

  • Strategic ASW in 2020 – A Stunningly Bad Idea

    July 5, 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

  • Global Blockade vs. Russia

    June 14, 2020 by

    Introductory Note In April, 2020, CNO Admiral Michael Gilday did something none of his predecessors had done in the previous 75 years. In Naval Doctrine Publication 1, he addressed “blockade” as a strategic principle. He said that, in addition to other strategic tasks, “… naval forces exist to: … [p]revent an adversary’s seaborne movement of… Read more

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