"The United States is a maritime nation with long standing interests in the oceans. From the founding of the country, the oceans have been an integral part of the nation's security and defense and economic strength. This is as true today as in the past. The United States continues to rely on the freedom of the seas to maintain naval and air access and mobility to defend its global interests. U.S. marine resource and commercial interests are equally critical. The country has the largest exclusive economic zone and the most abundant offshore fishery. As the largest single economy, the United States is the major importer and exporter of marine-related goods and services, including the placement of submarine cables and pipelines. The U.S. interest in protection and preservation of the marine environment is matched by its preeminence in marine scientific capabilities."
Strategic Forum No. 41
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