Sea Power In The Twenty-First Century

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As the U.S. Navy enters the twenty-first century, many of the ships, aircraft, weapons, and tactics it employed so successfully during the Cold War will no longer be cost-effective or even effective. Future battlefields will shift the locus of naval action from the high seas into littoral waters, demanding sustained operations in relatively narrow, shallow waters. Naval forces in the twenty-first century must not only meet the traditional requirements of command of the sea?ships, planes, troops, and ...

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Overview

As the U.S. Navy enters the twenty-first century, many of the ships, aircraft, weapons, and tactics it employed so successfully during the Cold War will no longer be cost-effective or even effective. Future battlefields will shift the locus of naval action from the high seas into littoral waters, demanding sustained operations in relatively narrow, shallow waters. Naval forces in the twenty-first century must not only meet the traditional requirements of command of the sea—ships, planes, troops, and bases—carrying out forward presence, crisis response, strategic deterrence, and sealift. They must now put these together to obtain the four key operational capabilities of littoral warfare: command, control, intelligence and surveillance, and communication; battlespace dominance; power projection; and force sustainment. The core of the new U.S. strategic concept is power projection, and it envisions naval forces directly leading Army and Air Force elements to influence events ashore, most probably in the Third World. And this navy must be cost effective.

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Despite the epigrammatic quote from Yogi Berra: "It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future," maritime consultant Koburger (retired reserve captain, US Coast Guard) makes projections from the current naval operational environment<-->with little change foreseen in overall strategic roles or missions. Future signposts of continued US sea control include: increasingly high-tech nonnuclear missile-outfitted smaller ships; cyberwar and cyberops; new concept ships; quasi-mobile sea bases; concern with alternative fuels; and the author's model of greater inter-service cooperation in "short, sharp" campaigns. Appendixes cover littoral warfare, the Falklands War, smaller navies, and naval abbreviations and acronyms. Annotated bibliography; b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953003
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES W. KOBURGER, JR., is currently a consultant on maritime affairs.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Operational Environment Today ... And Tomorrow 11
2 Naval Expeditionary Forces 23
3 Surface Combatants 37
4 Maneuvering from the Sea 53
5 In Harm's Way 71
6 Signs of the Future 89
7 A Future Model 107
8 Inter-Service Cooperation 119
9 Summary and Conclusion 131
App. A Inshore Waters and Narrow Seas - The Littoral 141
App. B The Falklands 1982 145
App. C The Smaller Navies 149
App. D Naval Abbreviations and Acronyms 153
Annotated Bibliography 157
Index 165
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