United States Merchant Marine: A Valuable Strategic Resource, Now and For the Future [open pdf - 567KB]
"Alfred Thayer Mahan has been quoted as saying '[A] nation's maritime commerce strength in peacetime is the most telling indication of its overall endurance during war.' In today's modern context there still exists within our nation's defense planning, the understanding of the need for a maritime capability to support our projected wartime and emergency contingencies. In his February, 1993 Chairman's report, General Colin L. Powell highlighted the role of sealift capacity to meet our nation's strategic lift needs in addressing the new regional and flexible focus of our worldwide military missions. In his Annual Report to the President and the Congress in January 1994, former Secretary of Defense Les Aspin discussed the essential role that mobility forces, including sealift, will play in our nation's effort at responding to regional dangers and opportunities. The question arises however whether Mahan's nexus still exists as it pertains to the role of our merchant marine in our wartime or national emergency sealift effort."
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