History and 21st Century US Naval Strategy
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
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
This posting is temporarily unavailable. As originally written, I believe its assessments and recommendations were broadly correct. I am revising it in the hope of sharpening its arguments and offering critiques of recent cogent commentary on the subject, for example Gabriel Collins, “A Maritime Oil Blockade Against China—Tactically Tempting but Strategically Flawed,” Naval War College Review, Vol… Read more
Introductory Note This post was initially called “Global Blockade vs. Russia, China.” To shorten the read time and allow specialists and others to focus on each potential adversary, I have split it into two posts, this one and “Global Blockade vs. China.” Each post now examines the possible nuclear implications of a successful blockade and… Read more
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