Towards a Balanced Fleet: Options for a 21st Century Navy   [open pdf - 261KB]

From the thesis abstract: "This monograph studies the challenges facing the U.S. Navy in 2009. It is principally an historical study that attempts to draw a parallel between today's strategic environment and past environments. The historical analysis focuses on past maritime strategies produced by the U.S. Navy and an historical review of the Royal Navy of the late 19th Century. Through this analysis, broad strategic themes become apparent. Recognizing and understanding these strategic themes illuminates options available to the U.S. Navy [….] Through these historical strategic themes, it is possible to identify potential courses of action. This paper recommends continued investment in perfecting theater ballistic missile defense for U.S. Navy ships. This capability remains vital to the relevance of the U.S. Navy against a growing area denial threat. The second recommendation is to reduce the number of aircraft carriers and redirect funds to increase the size of U.S. surface and submarine fleets. The current strategic environment demands smaller but more numerous forces to accomplish the six mission areas expressed in 'A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower'. Finally, this monograph recommends further development of 'A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower' from a strategic concept into a full strategy. The U.S. Navy must assign resources to the strategic concept for it to become a full strategy."

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