"The breakup of the Warsaw Pact, perhaps of the Soviet Union itself, has wrought such great changes upon the geopolitical environment that all previous political and military strategies have been called to question. Not the least of these is that most useful, but now somewhat outmoded Maritime Strategy of the 1980s. Decreasing force levels in the United States Navy are being driven by economic and domestic political forces with little regard for strategic considerations. The resulting quandary is: Will the United States' naval components be able to execute the Bush administration's 'National Security Strategy' with the forces that Congress is willing to fund? This paper examines in detail the tools likely to be available to the U.S. Navy by the year 2000, and the alterations to strategy that will be required if Soviet naval forces continue to be modernized at current rates of production. It also deals with the U.S. Navy's role and capabilities in advancing the United States' interests, goals and objectives throughout the world. Whereas the U.S. Navy has been the dominant naval power for nearly 50 years, there are naval forces building which may be strong enough to challenge American naval supremacy on a regional basis. Finally, the paper concludes with comments on prospects for naval arms control between the two superpowers."
Strategy and Campaign Department Report No. 10-90
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